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Mary Aldis
Ghostly Caperings
Watercolor on paper
6.5 x 6.75 inches
Arthur Davison Ficke Papers

Mary Aldis was an accomplished watercolorist as well as a playwright and noncommercial theater advocate. This painting belonged to her friend Arthur Davison Ficke who, according to the artist’s note on the painting, disagreed with her about its meaning and content: “The sphinx eating an oyster with her fingertips while screams for mercy arise from the oyster, the Father averts his face, the Son springs to the rescue (too late) and the Holy Ghost preserves its wise impassivity. By A.D.F., not suited with my modest title of course must needs state what I meant—Amen—so be it. M.A.”





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