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Carl Barks An Embarrassment of Riches Oil Painting Original Art (1983). The "money bin" paintings are the most desirable Carl Barks originals, and this sensational showpiece is the second largest one Barks ever produced, at 25" x 20". As such, it's one of the unquestioned highlights of the Kerby Confer collection.

"Of all of my paintings, I got the most satisfaction out of 'An Embarrassment of Riches," Carl Barks said. "The pleasure came mostly in the refinement of the color."

Bruce Hamilton wrote, "When asked to assess his work on the first four oil paintings he did for his [early-1980s] series of Disney lithographs, Carl Barks noted without hesitation, 'I like 'An Embarrassment of Riches' best... It gave me a chance to work in a lot of beautiful colors -- really my stock-in-trade. And I'd always wanted to paint one of those old wrought-iron windows with the light coming in.'"

"If you had five billion quintiplitilion unptuplatillion multuplatillion impossibidillion fantasticatrillion dollars, what would you do with it? This is what Scrooge McDuck does with it, and he is the richest duck in the world." According to lore, Scrooge's money bin was built in 1902, shortly after he had entered the diamond market and could no longer sleep at night. It seems the money he stashed under his mattress had raised his bed too close to the ceiling, and so the money bin was built.

Barks' money bin paintings were not re-creations of comic book covers or panels from stories, but were completely original. This one was created to be made into a lithograph by Another Rainbow Publishing.

In this scene it looks like a bull market is rampaging -- Scrooge has extended his depth gauge to a new height of 95 feet. The image area of this glittering laugh-riot, indexed by Barks scholars as painting #125L (Barks identification number 1-83), is 25" x 20", and it has been framed to an overall size of 34" x 29". The art is in Excellent condition and signed by Carl Barks at the lower left. From the Kerby Confer Collection.

Barks, Carl:Carl Barks (American, 1901-2000): For the Disney Duck-loving world, it was Carl Barks who exploited the globe-trotting adventures of the Disney Ducks to their fullest, with nearly 500 stories to his credit. His colorful cast of creations includes Scrooge McDuck, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose , the Junior Woodchucks, the Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, and Flintheart Glomgold. After Barks eased into his retirement from his heavy workload at Western Publishing, he supplemented his income with oil paintings sold at local art shows. Early subjects included humorous scenes of life on the farm and portraits of Native American princesses. After a few comic book fan/detectives discovered that Barks was the "Good Duck Artist," they commissioned Disney Duck scenes based on Barks' most memorable stories. The popularity and value of these paintings has grown enormously ever since. In 2000, the beloved "Good Duck Artist" died at age 99, only a few months shy of his 100th birthday. .

Service and Handling Description: Framed - without Glass, Large (view shipping information)

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