The Draught of Fishes

Carroll Cloar

Carroll Cloar was born in Earle, Arkansas in 1913 and is nationally recognized for his depictions of the American South. This particular work, now on view at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, shows a man wading in the lake with his fishing net. His bounty rests on the river bank, a visual collection of native Delta region species. Brim, perch, catfish, a turtle, even an eel lay piled in the painting's foreground, revealing Cloar's attention to detail and his fascination with life in the Delta. 


Carroll Cloar, The Draught of Fishes, August 1965, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Foundation Collection: Gift of Egon R. Gerard. © Estate of Carroll Cloar.