April 20, 2020
by Ruth Greene-McNally, OMAA Curator and Collections Manager
Since it’s Monday, let’s start off small. You can see just how small these works of art are by comparison to other works within the salon style grouping in “The View from Narrow Cove.”
Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s “Man (Or Man Standing to the Right)” is a mere 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Modest in scale but large in importance if we consider the period in which the Allied Forces rallied during WWI. The figure appears to bear weight from within, as no doubt many servicemen, workers, and families did across the globe. Counterpoint to the subtitle, the figure leans left. In printmaking when the artist transfers a drawing to a zinc or copper plate, the printed version is a mirror image.
Horace Burdick’s “The Peach” is scaled at 3.25 x 5 inches, larger still than an atypically large peach. During this phase in Burdick’s career, he drew still lifes and portraits in crayon and later turned to oils when he came to Ogunquit with John Enneking. The markings on Burdick’s ripe peach may easily be taken as continents surrounding the globe, a metaphor for the increasingly industrialized societies around the world. Burdick drew “The Peach” at the turn of the century, at the height of the The Progressive Era, a period of widespread social activism and political and economic reform.
Horace Robbins Burdick was born in East Killingly, Connecticut in 1844. Burdick went to Boston from Providence, Rhode Island in 1864 and finally settled in Malden, Massachusetts in 1886. Burdick began his art career in Providence in 1863, at the age of 19, where he was engaged in retouching and coloring photographs. Burdick attended the Union Hall School in Providence, The Lowell Institute in Boston, and the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston.