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Jonah and the Whale: Rebirth Motif

John B. Flannagan

American Art

Often there is an occult attraction in the very shape of a rock as sheer abstract form. It fascinates with a queer atavistic nostalgia, as either a remote memory or a stirring impulse from the depth of the unconscious.

My aim is to produce a sculpture feeling as direct and swift as drawing, a sculpture with such ease, freedom and simplicity that it hardly feels carved, but rather to have always been there. . . .

—John Flannagan
MEDIUM Bluestone with wood base
DATES 1937
DIMENSIONS 33 1/2 × 11 1/4 × 6 in., 61.5 lb. (85.1 × 28.6 × 15.2 cm, 27.9kg)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.11.12a-b
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Statue of flattened, upright whale (face down, tail up) with contorted figure of bearded man in its stomach carved in relief on both sides; statue attached to rough wood block base. Condition: Good.
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