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"Setting the Balloon Jib Onboard Vegabond Lady"


"Setting the Balloon Jib Onboard Vegabond Lady" by Joe Duncan Gleason (1881-1959) is an oil painting on panel that masterfully combines elements of realism and impressionism. Gleason, known for his marine paintings, skillfully captures life at sea in this artwork.

The focal point depicts two men diligently setting up a balloon jib sail while aboard a vessel. The scene is dynamic, highlighting the relentless and sometimes harsh forces of the sea, evident in the crashing waves depicted against the sail. This portrayal emphasizes the challenging nature of maritime life, where individuals contend with the power and unpredictability of the ocean.

In the background, another sail can be discerned, suggesting a parallel situation on another vessel, possibly facing similar challenges. The painting skillfully encapsulates the perpetual struggle and symbiotic relationship between humanity and nature, showcasing the efforts of individuals striving to navigate and control their vessel amidst the overwhelming forces of the sea.

Gleason's meticulous attention to detail and the interplay of light and motion between the men, the sail, and the turbulent waves contribute to the artwork's immersive and evocative nature. Through this maritime scene, the artist captures the essence of human perseverance and the ever-present confrontation between mankind and the formidable expanse of the ocean.

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.