Dec 9, 2009

Eddie and Old Man Morpheus

Eddie and Old Man Morpheus


Carl Gaertner

(American, 1898–1952)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 193.6 x 163.2 x 6.5 cm (76 1/4 x 64 1/4 x 2 9/16 in.); Overall: 182.5 x 153 cm (71 7/8 x 60 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Shuree Abrams 1999.238


Did you know?

The painting’s whimsical title refers to Morpheus, the ancient Greek god of sleep.


In this rendering of an artist’s studio in downtown Cleveland, Gaertner portrayed an artist friend, probably Edward Dubrowski, sleeping in a chair before an easel. It remains open to interpretation whether the artist might have become exhausted from his labors, or may be taking a break in order to spark inspiration.

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