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November 30, 2008 4:18 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to find a specific painting.

Here is all I can remember about the painting, it contained the phrase "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king," it is a piece by I think, a German artist and I also seem to remember it was from the mid 1800s. The only other piece of information I know about it was that it was part of the 1999-2000 Academic Decathlon competition.

Super-duper bonus points for helping me find a place to purchase a print before Christmas.
posted by highfidelity to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Maybe the people at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art could help. It's a wonderful museum and they might be able to point you in the right direction.
posted by belau at 4:56 PM on November 30, 2008

Was it a Breughel?
posted by Kerasia at 5:01 PM on November 30, 2008

The painting had those words painted on it?

Was it a painting of a person? A landscape?
posted by Houstonian at 5:04 PM on November 30, 2008

Here's a couple of sites that list the specific works of art for the 1999-2000 competition : 1, 2.

I don't think any of the pieces mentioned match what you remember, though.
posted by HopperFan at 5:11 PM on November 30, 2008

Shot in the dark (and 20th century) but this painting by George Grosz fits thematically.
posted by abirae at 5:23 PM on November 30, 2008

I have no idea what an Academic Decathlon is, but an artist from the 1800's who isn't German (but near it - Belgium) and often created works featuring and named for the blind was Eugene Laermans.
posted by fire&wings at 5:27 PM on November 30, 2008

I actually still have the AD catalog with all the paintings in it from 1999-2000, and most of the paintings are impressionist or post impressionist. If you could describe the painting, I'd be more than happy to let you know if it's in there/all the details.
posted by theRussian at 6:19 AM on December 1, 2008

Could it be The Dream by Max Beckman from HopperFan's links? (More info here.) The handless figure standing on a ladder at the top of the painting appears to have only one eye.
posted by abirae at 8:58 AM on December 1, 2008 [1 favorite]

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