"What I Believe" (1947-1948) by Paul Cadmus (died December 12, 1999) was inspired by E.M. Forster's essay of the same name, in which the novelist expresses his faith in personal relations and his concept of a spiritual aristocracy "of the sensitive, the considerate, and the plucky. Its members are to be found in all nations and classes, and all through the ages, and there is a secret understanding between them when they meet. They represent the true human condition, the one permanent victory of our queer race over cruelty and chaos."
Note the happy, sun-drenched same-sex couples on the left, and the miserable mixed sex couples on the right.
More by Paul Cadmus below the fold:
The Art of Konstantin Somov
The Art of George Quaintance
The Art of Charles Demuth
The Photographic Art of George Platt Lynes