Raven with Fish
‘Raven with Fish’ by Pudlo Pudlat – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1963 presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: No condition noted.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Print is titled in Inuktitut and untranslated. There are some references that come to mind that might have inspired Pudlo with this composition. On the one hand we have ‘Fish and Gull’ that might well be the precursor to this raven catching the fish in that image, which would then mean that the bird diving down is not a gull but this raven in this image … the rave is successful catching that big juicy fish. On the other hand, another possibility could be the story of the raven that marries a goose. The raven unable to fly no more after flying for a long distance, needs to rest and the only place is the sea where he drowns. Maybe in Pudlo’s whimsical humour he displays such tragedy as comedy with the raven not only not drowning but lucky to catch this big fish.
The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.