Jonah and the Whale: Rebirth Motif
John B. Flannagan
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries, 5th Floor
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. . . .
Bluestone with wood base
30 1/4 x 11 x 2 1/4 in. (76.8 x 27.9 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
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John B. Flannagan (American, 1895-1942). Jonah and the Whale: Rebirth Motif, 1937. Bluestone with wood base, 30 1/4 x 11 x 2 1/4 in. (76.8 x 27.9 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.12
overall, 1992.11.12_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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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.
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