Shoe Bill

Shoe Bill


Shoe Bill, oil on canvas

Creation year

early 1960s

Abu Markub is the name of this peculiar bird in its homeland, South Sudan, which means father of the shoe in English. We well remember Seppli, the somewhat lonely inhabitant of the former Africa House at Zurich Zoo, who stood almost motionless in the shallow water for hours, lurking for fish. He is painted in Fritz’s style of the early 1960s, isolated on a white background with clear lines and sharp contours.

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