MastroNet Winter 2003
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Presented here is Carl Barks' report of the Bible's somewhat grisly scene in which Salome performed her dance of the seven veils and then demands, as a reward, the head of John the Baptist. The watercolor shows Salome Swan (keeping the waterfowl nomenclature intact) about to discard the last of the seven gossamer veils to the delight of King Herod (King Heron, to Barks), who is keeping score of the discarded flimsy coverings. Even the disembodied head of the Baptist is focused on the six veils on the floor. This wonderful watercolor's matted area is 10-1/2" x 14", featuring an 8 by 10 inch image, framed out in Barks' hand lined panel. Appearing below the panel is a brass plate that reads "Salome Swan." Barks' wry sense of humor shines through this mildly blasphemous interpretation, painted in 1979 while Barks was in Disney banishment for painting the ducks that he had created for the corporate ingrate.
"Salome Swan" 1979 Carl Barks Original Watercolor
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