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"Spouting Whale," Mid-Century Masterpiece of Enamel Painting by Drerup


The finest and most dramatic piece of enamel painting we have seen by master artist Karl Drerup, this large bowl depicts a spouting whale amidst a gorgeous sea of waves in shades of cobalt, cerulean, Mediterranean blue and pale blue, framed by a whaling boat and a seagull overhead. Drerup immigrated to America from Germany in 1937, his anti-Nazi activism and his wife's Jewish heritage forcing them to leave Germany. In his early years in America, he worked in ceramics with Franz Joseph Von Tury, but later he focused on enamel painting, prompted in part by a conversation with Tommi Parzinger, who noted that no one was creating fine enamels in New York. Drerup moved to New Hampshire in the 1940s and there he created a stream of brilliantly-hued scenes of stylized animals and humans, often in mythological or fantastical scenes.


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    H 2 in. x Dm 10 in.

    H 5.08 cm x Dm 25.4 cm

  • Diameter
    10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Seller location
    Philadelphia, PA
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