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    Carl Barks - "Flying Dutchman" Oil Painting Original Art (1972). A half-page panel from 1959's Uncle Scrooge #25 served as the inspiration for this magnificent oil on masonite seascape - Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie first sight the ghostly Fliegende Hollaender flying across the stormy skies with its crimson sails set in "The Flying Dutchman." Carl Barks ultimately painted three different versions of this electrifying scene and this is the work numbered 23-72 (Fine Art #38). Barks must have enjoyed painting the ship's rigging and the storm-tossed seas, for the image recalls the nautical pages he drew for his first Donald Duck yarn, "Pirate Gold." This turbulent tableau spotlights the ducks, caught in the storm's fury, and the apparition of the Dutchman captures the force of its centuries-old curse - the painting practically bowls viewers over with its raw power. In excerpts from conversations with Donald Ault from Carl Barks Conversations, Barks spoke of his career, "Things fell into place for me easier than for others because I often had a whole panorama in my mind of what the story would be before I even put anything on paper. I believe that as time goes by people will realize those paintings I've done are all based on stories. If I don't paint something I can take a little pride in, I don't want to paint it in the first place. I like to outdo my own expectations and outdo whatever the guy expected when he ordered the painting." The image area measures 24" x 18", and the art is in Excellent condition. The painting was signed by Carl Barks at the lower right. The flashing lightning, storm clouds, and gigantic waves make this dramatic painting quite different from Barks' more staid portraits with the ducks assuming iconic poses. This sensational painting will make a treasured showpiece for any Carl Barks collector!

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