The Fisher Boy

The Fisher Boy
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17207
Building: 
Current Location: 
East wall by glass staircase
Floor: 
4th
Object Description
Artist Dates: 
1853-1930
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a reproduction print of a painting by Alexander Harrison titled "The Fisher Boy".
Framed: 
Yes
 - Plexi
Length: 
16 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
21 3/4 inches
Description: 

Alexander Harrison was an expatriate American painter who favored marine scenes of leisure and work life. He includes both in this painting of a young fisherman taking a break from the work that supplied the catch of fish at his feet. He leans against the wall behind him and hangs with one hand from a loop screw above in order to create a headrest with his arm. He appears dazed with eyes wide but focusing on nothing in particular. He balances a circular fishing device between his feet, one of which he's pulled out of his shoe to reveal a tattered sock. The device serves to frame his worn sock and trousers, drawing our attention to his poverty (-figgeartmuseum.org). Harrison depicts the boy's posture so effortlessly it is immediately familiar, allowing the viewer to further imagine his experience of waiting and wishing. The entire composition is rendered with a soft texture and color palette, appearing dreamlike, although conveying a heavier reality.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes