The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 21, 2024

The Dreamy Lobster

The Dreamy Lobster

(American, 1915–2001)
Sheet: 25.6 x 32.9 cm (10 1/16 x 12 15/16 in.); Image: 14.9 x 22.5 cm (5 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.)
© Estate of Gabor Peterdi
Location: not on view


After spending a summer on an island off the coast of Maine, Peterdi was inspired to create this print. The artist explained: “Every morning I went down to the rocky shore searching for the treasures the pregnant ocean deposited there during the night. I watched the fishermen visit their traps, pull up big, green lobsters with terrifying claws. I followed the metamorphosis of these monsters from their virility while they were alive to the hollow, sun-bleached shells lying, like wilted flowers, on the pebble beach.”
  • Cutting Edge: Modern Prints from Atelier 17. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 9-August 13, 2017).
  • {{cite web|title=The Dreamy Lobster|url=false|author=Gabor Peterdi, published by Laurel Gallery, New York|year=1947|access-date=21 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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