Eric L. (Frederic) Pape (American, 1870-1938) Looked Gloomily Into the Water
- American & European Works of Art - 2609B
- Date / Time :
- September 07, 2012 12:00PM
Eric L. (Frederic) Pape (American, 1870-1938)
Looked Gloomily Into the Water, 1898
Signed and dated "Eric Pape 98" l.r., stamped "THE ESTATE OF/Eric Pape/1870-1938"
and identified on a label affixed to the reverse.
Watercolor and graphite on paper, sheet size 16 x 26 1/2 in. (40.6 x 67.3 cm), framed.
Condition: Not examined out of frame.
Literature: Lew Wallace, The Fair God: A Tale of the Conquest of Mexico (Houghton Mifflin, 1898), pp. 145-6 (illus.).
N.B. The present work depicts the following scene in The Fair God: "'What Luck, Pepite?' 'Bad, very bad.' The questioner was the wife of the man questioned, who had just returned from the market. Throwing aside his empty baskets, he sat down in the shade of a bridge spanning one of the canals, and, locking his hands across his bare knees, looked gloomily into the water. His canoe, with others, was close at hand. The wife, without seeming to notice his dejection, busied herself setting out their dinner, which was humble as themselves, being of boiled maize, tuna figs, and tecuitlatl, or cheese of the lake."
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