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The Cattle Buyer

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The Cattle Buyer

Artist: William Herbert Dunton (American, 1878 - 1936)

Date: c. 1921
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
50 × 60 inches (127 × 152.4 cm)
Frame: 57 1/4 × 67 1/4 × 3 1/2 inches (145.4 × 170.8 × 8.9 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: Dunton (lower left)
Credit Line: Bequest of Nelda C. Stark, 1999
Object number: 31.21.402
Accession Number: 2005.3.24
Loan Number: 9984.1.5
Previous Number: 1985.1.5
NCS list: 16/11
Label Text:An old timer, Zenas A. Curtis, inspired this elegiac painting. Dunton talked with Curtis about his memories. The cattleman’s silhouette against the foothills in fading light gave the artist an idea for a painting. Dunton’s aging cowboy in the setting sun seems to represent the artist’s vision of the disappearing real West with its cowhands, cattle, and range life. Ranchers today would contest this vision as they continue to herd their cattle on their rangelands.
Provenance: Purchased October 17, 1939 though (Joseph Sartor Galleries, Dallas) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; by inheritance to his wife Nelda C. Stark [1909-1999]; bequeathed December 13, 1999 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • The Art and Life of W. Herbert Dunton
  • Branding the American West: Paintings and Films 1900-1950
  • Cowboy Legends and Life
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