July 13, 2017
Mahonri M. Young (1877-1957), Farmyard Ducks, 1944, ink, 10 1/8 x 14 1/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate.
Mahonri Young’s ink sketch, Farmyard Ducks, was created on this day in 1944. This ink sketch shows a farm scene, which was a major theme for Young’s artwork starting in the late 1930s. Young submitted a sculptures of farmers to the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, one of which stood at the entrance of the event. Young often portrayed workers in his artwork, reveling in depicting the gritty realism of the working class. Young was born and raised in Utah, and returned several times throughout his life, though as an adult he lived on the East Coast, in New York and Connecticut.