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    Carl Barks - "Spoiling the Concert" Oil Painting Original Art (1973). "Spoiling the Concert" was Carl Barks' 65th painting and the 11th "money bin," the very next "money bin" image he rendered after "This Dollar Saved My Life at Whitehorse", which is generally considered to be the best of them all. Many collectors and experts agree that Barks had a "golden age," a short period in which he produced his very best work. Unlike many Barks paintings, "Spoiling the Concert" has never been reproduced as a print or limited edition lithograph, nor as part of a calendar, or in any other format. It is emerging from a private collection for the first time in 30 years. Several focal points of this dazzling composition are arranged so as to lead the eye around the design in a circular movement, with the cash register serving as the main focal point. Poor Donald can hardly be expected to do much work while Uncle Scrooge sings at the top of his voice. In addition to the money bin details, including many individual coins, this painting is aglow with rich lighting effects. This scene also tells a story -- note that the Huey, Dewey, and Louie are winding up and releasing little mechanical mice, destined to disrupt the rapture with which Uncle Scrooge "plays" the ledger-as-sheet-music. The larger foreground figures combine with other background details to produce a striking three-dimensional effect. The composition, mood, lighting, and theme (both obvious and implied) all combine to present a near-perfect realization of the Scrooge McDuck legacy. Any Barks collector would be thrilled to add this remarkable oil painting to his or her collection. The overall size of this oil on masonite masterwork measures 16" x 20". The painting is in Excellent condition and it's nicely presented in a handsome frame with a brass plaque stating its title.

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    August, 2007
    2nd-4th Thursday-Saturday
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