The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 24, 2024



(American, 1906–2008)
Overall: 29.1 x 18.8 cm (11 7/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
Location: not on view


Cleveland was the leading center for producing figurative ceramic sculpture during the 1930s and '40s, and Schreckengost was among its most notable proponents. In this example, the artist drew inspiration from the Old Testament, depicting Jonah in prayer as he reclines precariously on the back of a mischievously grinning whale. Schreckengost perceived the humorous character in many of his sculptures of the period as an antidote to the grim conditions of the Great Depression.
  • "Jonah" was created by Viktor Schreckengost in 1937, and remained in his possession until his death in 2008, when it became part of his estate. Throughout his life, Schreckengost was reluctant to part with works such as Jonah, which he regarded among his finest achievements.
  • Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-century Design. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (November 12, 2000-February 4, 2001).
    Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design, November 12, 2000-February 4, 2001, no. 102.
    Kirtland, OH: Historic Kirtland Visitor's Center, Religious Artworks of Viktor Schreckengost, January 10-February 29, 2004
    Bonaventure, NY, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University, Spires and Spirits: The Art of Viktor Schreckengost, May 2-August 6, 2006, no cat.
  • {{cite web|title=Jonah|url=false|author=Viktor Schreckengost|year=1937|access-date=24 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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