Walter Ufer (1876-1936)
Water – Crossing the Creek
oil on canvas
16 × 20 inches
signed lower left
Sold at Auction: $198,900
Condition ReportSurface condition very good. Several spots of inpainting in the sky. Horizontal hairline crack below horse’s hooves, two hairline cracks in the trees, and several in the upper right quadrant in the sky.
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Label, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
According to Mary Carroll Nelson in The Legendary Artists of Taos, “Many of Ufer’s Indian pictures are of figures in landscape. He once wrote a catalog entry for Babcock Galleries about his work, saying: ‘I choose my motifs and take my models to my motifs. I design the painting there. I do not make small sketches of my models first but put my full vitality and enthusiasm into the one and original painting. Studio work dulls the mind and the artist’s palette. I do not use the camera, in fact I know nothing of photography. … I paint one motif only once and drop it seeking another.’”