Audubon Gander-Kallela: Donald Duck’s Uncle

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

Audubon Gander-Kallela, Duckburgian
Donald Duck’s Uncle
National Gallery of Duckburg

Donald Duck’s Uncle combines the two main strands of Audubon Gander-Kallela’s output: elemental avian romanticism and perceptive portraiture. Scrooge McDuck was first seen as a young boy in Gander-Kallela’s Duckling with a Crow, and here we come full circle. The crow has reclaimed the coin lost all those years ago. The dark, sombre colours evoke an almost desperate mood, but Scrooge McDuck’s grim expression also shows traces of resolution and protectiveness. The unconscious nephew’s well-being is his prime concern.