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The Conqueror Worm
  • Claude Buck
    born: New York, New York, United States ; died: Santa Barbara, California, United States
  • The Conqueror Worm, 1920
  • Where object was made: United States
  • tempera on plywood
  • Canvas/Support: 35.6 x 76.2 cm
    Canvas/Support: 14 x 30 in
  • Gift of Mrs. Claude Buck
  • Not on display
  • 1979.0154
Label Text

A giant pinkish/red worm curls winds and swirls across the center of this painting. In the lower left corner (foreground), a crowd of unclothed humans flee. One is in the worm’s mouth. In the lower right corner there is a group of five angels. One is standing facing toward the crowd of people and the rest are fleeing towards the edge of the canvas. In the background there are mountains and trees being devoured by huge flying creatures that look like demons or monsters. The sky behind them is ominous with a setting sun and large stars brightly shining.