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Original Western Art

Edward Borein's The Long Drive

From the days of the vaquero and mountain men to the height of the cattle culture, artists have depicted the lives and times of the United States' romantic frontier. The early works recorded the western Indian tribes, the fur traders, and the dust and leather of the horse soldiers. Later artists caught both the beauties of our grand country and memorialized the workday world of the West.

Respect for realism is one familiar feature of contemporary Western art, the professed desire to see things as they are and tell it like it is. Other artists refer to the historical record. This attitude is prevalent among historians themselves who, in reflecting upon the past, often find the results of present-day research more reliable than earlier narratives, even though the authors may have observed or participated in the events described. A romantic interpretation or personalized account is often the result.

The artist also played the role of newsman or commentator, as we now live in a world attuned to statistical reports and filmed documentaries. Artists acted as chroniclers of events when none other was at hand. The visual descriptions produced by painters and sculptors of the time made them the historians of their eras, portraying people, places & events.

In the end, artists help us dream of the Old West and allow us to live with the images they create.

Western Art Auction Archive

Crazy Horse by Joe Beeler

Posted 12/2/13

SOLD for $18,000.00

Crazy Horse 33 1/2" high Bronze on wood base Signed in base Joe Beeler AP/25

In The Badlands by Frank McCarthy

Posted 11/13/13

SOLD for $26,400.00

In The Badlands 15 1/8” x 30” Oil on canvas Signed and dated lower right McCarthy CA 1989

Watching the Herd by James Reynolds

Posted 11/1/13

SOLD for $20,000.00

20 x 30 Watching the Herd Oil on canvas Signed and dated lower left James Reynolds 1988

The Herder by Olaf Wieghorst

Posted 10/22/13

SOLD for $43,125.00

The Herder 30 x 36 Oil on canvas Signed lower left 0-Wieghorst Olaf Wieghorst (1899-1988) Olaf is considered one of the outstanding Western artists, with works in renowned collections such as Amon Carter, C R Smith and Sid Richardson and in major museums throughout America. He has been honored with special exhibitions at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, San Diego Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art and Gilcrease, Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I try to paint the little natural things, the way a horse turns his tail to the wind on cold nights, the way he flattens his ears in the rain, seasonal changes in the coat of a horse, and the psychology of his behavior. Horses have been my life. The Herder is a fine example of Wieghorst's talent for giving life to the cowboy's chase. You can almost hear the wind, and the sound of the horse's hooves!

Wild Horses by Will James

Posted 10/7/13

SOLD for $156,000.00

Wild Horses 25" x 18" Oil on board. Signed lower right Will James 21 Will James (1892-1942) James was that rare mix of cowboy, author and artist that helped perpetuate the myth as much as the man. Born Joseph Ernest Nepthali Dufault in Quebec Province, Canada, Will was not, as represented in his writings, born in a covered wagon and orphaned before he was five. He did, however, become a Montana cowboy, then managed to interest Harold Von Schmidt and Maynard Dixon in his cowboy drawings. With their financial assistance, he secured employment with Sunset Magazine. Writing and illustrating his own stories, Will published his first book in 1924, thanks, in large part to Scribner's editor, Max Perkins with -- 19 others to follow including Smoky and Lone Cowboy. His oil paintings are very rare and seldom surface on the market.

Chief Goes to Washington by Joe Beeler

Posted 9/20/13

SOLD for $15,600.00

19" high. Bronze on wood base. Signed in the base Joe Beeler CA 20/35


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