Dale Weaver Totten
Untitled (Two Men in Sitting Room with Sculpture)
Watercolor and ink, 1992.
Image and Paper: 11 x 14 3/4 in.
Inventory number: DWT159
Signed by the artist in black ink. Dated “92” in black ink on reverse side of paper.
Two men lounging in red armchairs in a sitting room, probably a men’s club, with a bronze sculpture in the background.
Dale Weaver Totten (1938–2008) developed a distinct artistic style throughout his prolific and diverse career, from when he began exhibiting his artwork around 1960, until after he worked for The Walt Disney Company in the late 1970s and 1980s. His later artworks include original watercolors and drawings, which he created independently, and were an extension of his professional experience. His subjects are ordinary people engaged in everyday activities, and through the fluid lines of his pen, the artist captures the essence of their movements and their place in time.
In this watercolor, Totten paints from the perspective of observer once again; although he is presumably in the parlor watching, he places distance between himself and the two suited men sitting in ornate red armchairs. The scene is most likely a gentleman’s club, and takes on a contemplative atmosphere as a result of the two figures’ pensive expressions and the bronze statue in the background which suggests their erudition.
The Dale Weaver Totten Collection is available exclusively at Jewel Spiegel Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey. You may read the artist’s biography here.
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