C. 1930s

Unknown size
Oil on canvas

Monsters

Black and white oil painting of black monsters rising from the ocean and a white boat emerging in the middle

Image credit:

©PETER A. JULEY & SON COLLECTION, SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM. (IMAGE USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY)

This is a black and white photograph but I’m positive this is one of Marian’s large black and white oil paintings she did during the 1930s when much of her work took on a darker vibe. The white boat appearing on the water seems to be keeping the monsters at bay, maybe even dispersing them. I feel like this painting’s message is a “good conqueres all” theme.