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Joe Duncan Gleason - oil painting on panel

"Setting the Balloon Jib Onboard Vegabond Lady"


Joe Duncan Gleason (1881-1959)

"Setting the Balloon Jib Onboard Vegabond Lady" 
oil painting on panel.

A work of realism and impressionism by the painter Joe Duncan Gleason. A focus on marine painting accentuating life on the sea. It depicts two men setting up a balloon jib sail while on board. The scene's inclination reveals the sea's unsympathetic forces, with the waves visibly seen crashing on the sail. In the background, another sail can be perceived, and the men on board are in a similar situation attempting to take control of their boat—the encounter of men and nature.

Signed Lower right: Duncan Gleason, Titled on artist's label affixed verso.

Panel: 16" x 12"|
Framed: 21.5" x 17.5"

Joe Duncan Gleason was born on August 3, 1881 in Watsonville, California. He was trained at the University of Southern California, the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Art Students League of New York, and the Academy of San Carlos.

Gleason began his career as an engraver for the Sunset Engraving Company in 1899. He was also an illustrator for the Ladies Home Journal and Cosmopolitan. He later worked in the art departments of Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Warner Brothers. Many of his paintings depicted ships. According to The Los Angeles Times, he was the "leader of [the] ultraconservative school" in Los Angeles.

Gleason married Dorothy Ferguson, and they had two daughters. He died on March 9, 1959 in Glendale, California, at age 77, and he was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park. His work can be seen at the Laguna Art Museum. His work was also part of the painting event in the art competition at the 1932 summer Olympics.