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Blowing Sand

Artist: Fremont F. Ellis (American, 1897 - 1985)

Medium: oil on canvas board
Dimensions:
25 × 30 inches (63.5 × 76.2 cm)
Frame: 32 3/4 × 37 1/2 × 2 3/4 inches (83.2 × 95.3 × 7 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: FREMONT F ELLIS (lower left)
Credit Line: Partial Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965 and Partial Gift of Nelda C. Stark, 1973
Object number: 31.20.7
Accession Number: 1965.1.815
Label Text:In Blowing Sand, Ellis depicts the atmospheric condition that created the distinctive Southwestern landscape. He portrays the wind by showing its effects in swirling the dry sand. In the distance we see the geologic features of Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona state line. The landscape formations have been shaped by the effects of wind, biting sand, and erosion. Painters like Ellis helped make Monument Valley known throughout the world as the characteristic landscape of the West. The 1939 movie Stage Coach takes place in this landscape.
Provenance: Artist; purchased April 25, 1957 by H.J. Lutcher Stark; ½ interest bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation [1]; remaining ½ interest gifted June 15, 1973 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation by Nelda C. Stark [1909-1999]; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. Owned jointly by H.J. Lutcher Stark and Nelda C. Stark until his death at which point his ½ interest was bequeathed to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
Exhibitions:
  • Branding the American West: Paintings and Films 1900-1950