Moonlight—Isle of The Dead (Colorado)
Vance Kirkland (1904–1981, American)
watercolor on paper
26 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches
II. Surrealism. Kirkland had been listening to the radio and the tone poem Isle of the Dead by Sergei Rachmaninoff had come on and it inspired him to do this painting. Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin had done a series of paintings in the 1880s on this theme, but Kirkland thought that Colorado should have its own isle of the dead, too.
ON VIEW in Watercolor Room 13
Signed "Kirkland" lower left center
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art