Death and the Duck

Maker and role
Artist: John Storrs, American, 1885-1956
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Object detail

Oil on canvas
14 x 12in (35.6 x 30.5cm)
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Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
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Further information
This painting, perhaps a study for a sculpture, depicts a curious creature—part human, part duck, part machine—marching at what feels like a very quick pace. John Storrs’ body of work reflects influences from music, architecture, and industry. Although he was a student of realist sculptor Auguste Rodin, Storrs’ unique perspective revealed a new style—now known as Art Deco. In his three-dimensional sculptures and two-dimensional artworks, Storrs combines organic forms with mechanical characteristics, creating anthropomorphic oddities.
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 174
Signature & date
Signed, upper right: Storrs
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