Untitled (Death Ship)

1976

Object

Artist

H.C. Westermann, American, 1922-1981
Born: Los Angeles, CA
Work Locations: Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA

Country

Object Info

Object: drawing
Currently on view
Object ID: 2014.123

Medium/Technique

graphite on paper

Credit

Gift of the Eleanor and Henry Hitchcock Foundation

More Info

Dimensions

sheet height: 8 in, 20.3200 cm; sheet width: 10 in, 25.4000 cm; frame height: 13 in, 33.0200 cm; frame width: 15 in, 38.1000 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

Gift of the Eleanor and Henry Hitchcock Foundation

Inscription

"For Joanna—Love Done while at jury duty, Jan 1976"

Extended Info

"Untitled (Death Ship)" is a particularly personal expression, not only because of the inscription across the bottom of the image, “For Joanna—Love Done while at jury duty, Jan 1976,” but also because of the artist’s time spent as a marine in the Pacific in WWII. Throughout his life’s work, H.C. Westermann returned over and over to his WWII combat experiences. The idea of death at sea and his larger belief in humanity’s indifference to life haunted him for the rest of his life and inspired a great number of his works.

Exhibition History

  • "Collectibles Exhibition: Works on Paper" - March 8, 2015 to August 16, 2015 (DAM)
  • “Light” — Denver Art Museum, 5/19/2019 – 5/1/2020