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South Seas Encounter

Artist: Skinner, Thomas C.
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Dimensions: 20.5" high x 26.75" wide
Type of Work: Painting
Medium: Oil on canvas Painting
Price: Upon request Plus shipping and insurance

Reputedly painted as an illustration for Boys Life magazine in the 1930s or 1940s, this atmospheric piece uses loose, impressionistic brushwork to tell a vivid story. The spotlight is on a blond-haired adolescent in sailor's uniform -- clearly a figure the readers of this magazine would identify with -- who is encountering an exotic world. Peering over the edge of his ship, he quietly observes several South Seas youth in brightly-patterned clothing who have arrived via outrigger canoe and are climbing aboard. The artist, Thomas C. Skinner, was best known for his paintings of ships and naval scenes, and so the seaside setting for this painting is in keeping with his interests. However, here Skinner has provided a vivid window into a fictional world to help fire the imagination of countless American teenagers.

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