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The Dead Pearl Diver, (sculpture)

Artist:
Akers, Paul
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
[This] is the work of an American Artist, Paul Akers, of Portland, Maine. . . . This pearl diver is [probably] a native of Ceylon, though from his features I should judge him to be a Moor, rather than a true Cingalese. . . . The wretched people destined to fish for pearls are generally of the poorest class, . . . Years of practice in diving is necessary before [the men] are fitted for this dangerous labor. . . . They are quite naked except the net which is hung about the loins to put the oysters in, which they pick from holes in the rocks with their hands, which is the only manner that they can be gathered. . . . He lies on his back, at full length, the lower limbs slanting downward, following the slope of the rock. On his body hangs the net, filled with the treasures that were intended to deck proud beauty's form, but now, poor diver, they are thine. . . . The artist has given us a specimen of male beauty in the form that is [sic] should think is rarely met with in nature. There are so many beauties that I shall be sure to miss some. The granulated rock; the miracle of the net, with its interstices, through which you see the pearl shells; the finely modeled feet, with starting veins; the polished shells, worked in the solid marble--each and all bespeak a master hand, which America may be proud to own.--"N.Y. Musical World." [P. 32.]
The Dusseldorf Gallery. Catalogue of Paintings, by Artists of the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, now on exhibition at 548 Broadway, New-York. Season Tickets to the Gallery, fifty cents. Sidney and Russell, Printers, 79 John Street, N.Y.
Artist nationality: American.
Artist address: Portland, Maine.
Topic:
Figure male--Nude
Occupation--Industry--Fishing
State of Being--Death--Drowning
Figure(s) In Exterior--Water
Waterscape--Coast
Ethnic
Control number:
AECI 01550123
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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