Hookbill Simberg: Towards Evening and Poverty

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

Hookbill Simberg, Duckburgian
Towards Evening and Poverty
National Gallery of Duckburg

The painting of a frail old man and a small duckling on an evening stroll is a masterpiece of Hookbill Simberg’s mature period. A palpable sense of anxiety and fear of loss has settled on the shores of a sea of money; owning three cubic acres of hard currency is a formidable burden to bear. The work is a study of family bonds, but the artist’s brush also manages to portray the younger generation questioning their forefathers’ materialistic values. Being the world’s richest duck is not an enviable position.