Saturday, October 20, 2012

Edward Gorey: A Dull Afternoon

Edward Gorey's A Dull Afternoon is the artist's typically absurd take on innocent Victorian play. According to Irwin Terry's Goreyana blog, this is item number 17 (of 46) from the 1974 Graham Gallery exhibition of Mr. Gorey's work. It must have been a fabulous show. All of the works were conceived by Mr. Gorey especially for the gallery exhibition. Unlike most of the artist's output, they were apparently not a part of any publishing project.

At any rate, A Dull Afternoon is morbidly amusing, as if our mortality were some big cosmic joke. Oh.

Edward Gorey
A Dull Afternoon

Edward Gorey
Sotheby's New York
American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, March 3, 2010
Sale No8616, Lot 21

Edward Gorey,
A Dull Afternoon

November 1, 2018 Update:  A Dull Afternoon appears on a variety of Gorey merchandise available from the Gorey Store here. Take a look and support the Edward Gorey House.