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Eskimo Dogs

ca. 1960
Origin: America, Pennsylvania, Weatherly
Framed: 17 1/2 x 55 7/8in.
Oil on pressed fiberboard panel
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin
Acc. No. 1971.101.1
A long, horizontal-format painting showing, at close view, a motley group of eight variously sized and colored dogs running from left to right over a white ground and below a blue sky.
The 3/4-inch flat wood frame, painted black, is original.
Label:Justin McCarthy's paintings usually depict subjects that he enjoyed, including animals, scenes from movies, movie stars, sports events, parades, flowers, and vegetables. Eskimo Dogs may have been inspired by some illustration or movie he had seen.
The most interesting and successful aspects of this picture are the artist's sensitive placement of light and dark colors to achieve compositional balance, and his characteristic use of broad brush strokes, which give the painting's surface both movement and pattern.
Provenance:Sold by the artist to Sterling Strauser, Stroudsburg, Pa.; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, Katonah, NY
Inscription(s):Signed in the lower right corner: "Justin McCarthy."