Death Ship of No Port

H.C. Westermann American
Published by Kansas City Art Institute

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The theme of the death ship inspired Westermann throughout much of his artistic career. He created twenty sculptures and eight prints on the subject. His firsthand experience of death as a marine gunner on the carrier USS Enterprise in the Pacific during World War II influenced this fixation, which he related in a characteristic darkly comic style. A consummate film buff, Westermann was also influenced by movies, in particular a German film from 1959 titled The Death Ship (Das Totenschiff), based on a novel by B. Traven.

Death Ship of No Port, H.C. Westermann (American, Los Angeles, California 1922–1981 Danbury, Connecticut), Lithograph

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