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Bottoms Up

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Bottoms Up

Artist: John Young-Hunter (Scottish, 1874 - 1955)

Date: 1941
Medium: charcoal on paperboard
Dimensions:
35 7/8 x 18 inches (91.1 x 45.7 cm)
Frame: 38 5/8 × 20 1/2 × 1 inches (98.1 × 52.1 × 2.5 cm)
Classification: Paper
Inscribed: J. Young Hunter/ Hotel des Artistes/ 1 West 67th St/ N.Y.C. (reverse)
Signed: J. Young-Hunter/ 1941 (lower right)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.29.9
Accession Number: 1965.2.494
Label Text:A rodeo performer probably inspired this depiction of a cowboy bucked off his horse and tumbling through the air. Young-Hunter was profoundly influenced by the cowboy of the theatrical arena. At the age of twelve, he saw Buffalo Bill’s Wild West when it came to London and performed for Queen Victoria. He later said it “was a thrilling experience for me.” Young-Hunter became a successful portrait painter of society figures in London. His fascination with the American West led him to immigrate. In the United States, he continued painting portraits, but in his spare time painted American Western scenes.
Provenance: John Young-Hunter [1874-1955], Taos, New Mexico; by inheritance to Eve Renz Young-Hunter [Eve Renz Schroeer 1881-1967], Taos, New Mexico; purchased January 9, 1957 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
Exhibitions:
  • The Drawing Experience
  • Cowboy Legends and Life