Anser Watervale: Bathing Duck

Treasures from the National Gallery of Duckburg. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

Treasures from the National Gallery of Duckburg. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

Anser Watervale, Duckburgian
Bathing Duck
National Gallery of Duckburg

Anser Watervale is widely regarded as Duckburg’s most celebrated sculptor. Several public buildings and bridges are crowned with his works. It is even rumoured that the monumental statue of Cornelius Coot originated in his studio – a claim Watervale himself vehemently denies. The archaically minimalistic Bathing Duck is a prime example of Watervale’s early output. Several versions of Bathing Duck exist, of which this is the largest. It is an exploration of a familiar conundrum: Why does a duck cover his nether regions only when emerging from a bath?