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Compositional Sketch for Nocturnal Passage
  • Harvey Dinnerstein
    born 1928
    born: Brooklyn, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • Compositional Sketch for Nocturnal Passage, 2008
  • Where object was made: United States
  • pastel
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: mat window 15 x 25.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: mat window 5 7/8 x 10 1/16 in
    Frame Dimensions: 12 3/4 x 16 7/8 x 3/4 in
    Weight: 3 lbs
    Frame Dimensions: 12 1/2 x 16 3/4 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of the artist
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0006

Within the center of the image we see a silhouetted row boat with five distinguishable figures. Two of the figures are standing up; one of them is holding some type of light source. On the horizon line level with the top of the boat we see the land is on fire with dark billowy smoke rising into the air. Near the boat we see there is barbed wire in the water. On the right side of the image we see a dark pole-like line running diagonally through the picture.