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    Sale 1910

    Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller

    28 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 166

    Bob Kuhn (American, 1920-2007)

    A Delicate Balance, Gerenuks Feeding

    Price Realised  

    Bob Kuhn (American, 1920-2007)
    A Delicate Balance, Gerenuks Feeding
    signed 'Kuhn' (lower left)
    acrylic on masonite
    32 x 24 in. (81.3 x 61 cm.)
    Painted in 1988.


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    This work, also known as Thorn Scrub Pixies, was described by Kuhn,'Gerenuks can be found in the northern regions of Kenya, in Abyssinia or in a few other isolated pockets of East Africa. Called swala twiga in Kiswhili, or 'giraffe gazelle', they spend a lot of time propped up on their well-muscled hind legs. Evolution has also provided them with a long, thin neck, enabling them to browse on tender leaves beyond the reach of many other herbivores. The result of these adaptations is an altogether beguiling animal that begs to be painted. It is a plea that I, for one, can't resist.' (op. cit., p. 103). A popular subject for Kuhn, he was fascinated by their unusual feeding habits, 'They are, indeed, strange creatures, something perhaps from another place. To see these members of the gazelle family clustered around a clump of desert brush, nibbling away with their spindly forelegs hooked over branches, is to intrude on a tableau that is foreign to most of us. But they are as much fun to paint as they are to watch.' (op. cit., p. 102).

    Provenance

    Purchased from the artist.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE DOUG AND ELLEN MILLER COLLECTION


    Literature

    T. Davis, Wild Harvest The Animal Art of Bob Kuhn, Sporting Classics and Wildlife Art Magazine, 1997, p. 103 (as Thorn Scrub Pixies), illustrated.