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Leonard Koscianski
American, born 1952

Red Fish


Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American
66 1/8 in. x 48 1/4 in. (167.96 cm x 122.56 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 1991.0017

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase

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"Red Fish" is one of a number of fish subjects Leonard Koscianski has painted since the mid-1980s. In keeping with its metaphorical function, the fish is not a specific species; its defining characteristics are its razor-like teeth and steely eye. The unnaturally brilliant orange-red coloration underscores its ferocity. For Koscianski, while the fish also represents a yearning for physical and psychological freedom, the common phrase “fish out of water” refers to someone who is outside of his or her element. The water above which the fish hovers represents the subconscious and its unknowable complexity.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, cat. no. 106, p. 244.

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