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Historian Paul Horgan wrote, “Hurd has painted the land and people of his native Southwest, where there are indeed ranches and cattle and men who earn their living by taking care of them. But it has never been the quaintness, or the regionally social character, or the primitive aspects of the culture of the Southwest which have primarily interested him.

“What has led him to enter with all his power into the localisms of the Southwest, and to enfold these within the world he paints, has been his humble love of the land and his lifelong worship of the light upon it, until we could risk saying in a grand simplification that his entire body of work in landscape amounts to a hymn to the sun.”

The artist
Archie Campbell, Roswell, New Mexico
Private collection, by descent

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