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Artist
Date
Circa 1970
Period
20th century
Media
Oil on canvas
Measurements
72 x 72 inches (unframed)
73 x 73 inches (framed)
Classification
Subject Category
Figure
Canoe
Credit Line
In memory of Silas Welliver, 1952-2002, 2002.8
Accession No
2002.8
Context
One of the richest legacies of Maine's Wabanaki was their graceful birch-bark and cedar-framed canoes. These canoes were made lightweight out of necessity, due to the frequent “carrys” or portage from one river to another. The scene is set in the Allagash wilderness area of northern Maine, a place of retreat for Welliver, and the painting a rare expression of loss and remembrance as a memorial to his son Silas.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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