Probably American, possibly Pennsylvania, circa 1900
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Probably American, possibly Pennsylvania, circa 1900

Peter Pill-Eater, A Mongrel-Patient.

Details
Probably American, possibly Pennsylvania, circa 1900
Peter Pill-Eater, A Mongrel-Patient.
ink, watercolor and graphite on paper
15 7/8 x 12 3/8 in.
Provenance
Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York

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Lot Essay

In conversation with art-making practices from both Europe and America, Peter Pill Eater visually speaks to the finely rendered pen-and-ink aesthetics of early 1900s Swiss asylum art as well as to Pennsylvania German techniques and materials. Most early European Art Brut was created in institutions, and these pieces were often works on paper rendered in fine detail with disregard for perspective and naturalistic proportion - traits shared by Peter and his pill. The "mongrel patient" as subject echoes the biographies of these institutionalized artists. Discovered in Massachusetts, Peter Pill Eater also visually and technically evokes Pennsylvania German fraktur in its detailed pen and ink with flat color washes.

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