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The Wreckers

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In the 1860s Ohio-born Beard won fame in New York for satirical paintings in which animals were substituted for humans. This painting, however, differs from most of those, for its mood is more ominous than humorous, and its meaning is unclear. The predatory crows perched on the half-buried mast...

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Provenance

1979, sold by Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 20, 1979)

Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

1874

Dimensions

35.88 x 71.44 cm (14 1/8 x 28 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1979.286

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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