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Artist
Augusta Denk Oelschig
Title
In Memoriam
Date
1952
Medium
oil on Masonite
Dimensions
Canvas: 22 × 38 13/16 inches (55.9 × 98.6 cm)Framed: 25 11/16 × 42 9/16 × 1 7/8 inches (65.2 × 108.1 × 4.8 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1999.24
Savannah-born Augusta Oelschig, produced a body of work that included expressive imagery and socially-concerned content. In the 1930s she studied with noted artists Lamar Dodd at the University of Georgia and Henry Lee McFee of the Woodstock New York artists association. In Memoriam, painted in New York, is one of a group that depicts a burned carousel in Central Park. A year after initially painting the scene, she visited again, just after her brother, a pilot, had been shot down in the Korean conflict and presumed dead. This time she found that further deterioration had allowed a shaft of light to enter, illuminating the horses so that they appeared to be in motion. She named this painting in honor of her brother, interpreting it as “life after death” in contrast to the earlier scene, representing “death.”