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The Four Seasons

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The Four Seasons

Artist: Ila McAfee (American, 1897 - 1995)

Date: c. 1957
Medium: oil on canvas
39 3/8 × 60 inches (100 × 152.4 cm)
Frame: 43 × 63 1/2 × 2 3/8 inches (109.2 × 161.3 × 6 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: "The Four Seasons"/ by Ila McAfee (Turner)/ of Taos- New Mex. (reverse, on stretcher); "MNM-50-39" (upper left, in crayon)
Signed: Ila McAfee (lower right)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.35.2
Accession Number: 1965.2.652
Label Text:McAfee’s love of horses came from growing up on a ranch in Colorado. After studying art in California, Chicago, and New York, she and her artist-husband Elmer Turner settled in Taos, New Mexico. Author and artist Walter Foster chose The Four Seasons for his book How to Draw Horses. He wrote that when he saw the painting, “I knew at once this was to be the cover and double spread for my new horse book.” He said about McAfee’s paintings, “they have a fairyland beauty and yet a strength that makes one have a greater love for horses.”

Provenance: Purchased February 14, 1957 through (Stables Art Gallery, New Mexico) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art