Bellany, John - Bethel with three figures

Artist: Bellany, John
Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions (cm): 80 x 50
Dimensions (inches): 31.5 x 19.7
Stock No: MB15
Provenance: Gifted by the artist to a close relative circa 1995

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Genre: Human figure, Maritime


A typically enigmatic composition: the three female figures appear to be on a boat named Bethel, but in the small fishing community where John Bellany grew up it was believed to invite bad luck for a women to set foot on a fishing boat. Women were tasked with the fun jobs: cleaning and gutting fish and providing bait.