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Friday, 08 August 2014 09:36

Delaware Art Museum to Sell Works by Alexander Calder and Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer's 'Milking Time.' Winslow Homer's 'Milking Time.' The Delaware Art Museum

If the Delaware Art Museum has a signature painting, surely it is Howard Pyle’s “Marooned.” A native of this city, Pyle is justly remembered as the father of American illustration. His “Marooned” (1909) is an image of genuine drama and distress. It shows a pirate near death, curled up on a sand bar, a tiny figure enveloped by a burning yellow sky.

The painting refers to the old custom of punishing insubordinates by shoving them off a ship and onto an island. But these days, you can also view “Marooned” as a curiously precise description of the Delaware Art Museum. 

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