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Douglas Argue (American, born 1962)

Untitled, 1991-93 Artist,


Oil on Canvas
The Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection, Naples,
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Florida Collection
The artist uses one-point perspective to create the
illusion of deep space in this painting. This
method of representing space was conceived and
perfected in Renaissance Italy by such painters
and architects as Leonardo da Vinci, Leon

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Battista Alberti, and Massicio. Argue also utilizes
scale to heighten the sense of space created by the
painting. Its large size and the manner in which
the painting appears to give the viewer an entry Piece Info,
point allow us to believe we are looking through a
doorway we could step through.
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These pictorial strategies heighten the painting’s
emotional effect. Because the viewer feels able to
enter the space, its contents seem more real,
allowing for a sense of empathy with these caged
and over-crowded chickens. In a sense, the
painting can be seen as a metaphor for the
feelings of entrapment and discomfort, speaking
about more than the mistreatment of these
particular animals.

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The badger gets its name from its badge-like black
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given its name to a certain behavior synonymous
with pestering. This stems from its aggressive,
persistent pursuit of prey such as ground squirrels
and other burrowing rodents. A powerful member of
the weasel family, the badgers long, curved

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foreclaws and shovel-like hand claws make the
animal superbly adapted for digging out its prey.
Look at the pile of soil, it quickly excavated in order
to get this pocket gopher.

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Coyotes have been known to follow the activities of
the hunting badger. As a badger digs into a burrow,
a rodent may try to escape out a second hole. The
the agile coyote will be ready to pounce on the
escaping prey.

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prey are usually seen only as a destructive nuisance.
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