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Harvey Dunn (1884 – 1952)
The Homesteaders (1908)
oil on canvas
27 × 41.5 inches
32 × 46 × 2 inches (framed)
signed and dated lower right

According to art historian Lynn Verschoor, “Born and raised in a homesteading family in South Dakota, Harvey Dunn combined a powerful physique and an unstoppable drive to become an artist. After schooling in Chicago and with Howard Pyle, he launched his career in painting and teaching – and went on to become one of the most important illustrators of the 20th century, best known for the authenticity of his Western subjects.”

The artist wrote, “When you choose a picture, think of it from all angles, then choose the most barren, most brutal way of saying it. Say it strongly and simply with the fewest possible things necessary. By these things, well known; that make the picture stronger and that’s what we want — better and stronger pictures. Think of the earth and all things on it as solid, and of the air as space.”

PROVENANCE
Christie’s, Los Angeles, California, 1998
Private collection, Tennessee, 2007

LITERATURE
Outing, July 1908, illustrated
Walt Reed, Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West, Flesk Press, 2010, cover, p. 17, illustrated

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Harvey Dunn

1884 – 1952

The Homesteaders (1908)
oil on canvas
27 × 41.5 inches
32 × 46 × 2 inches (framed)
signed and dated lower right
$100,000 – 150,000
Condition ReportSurface is in good condition. Faint cracks throughout. small spots of inpainting in lower-right corner, near edge of frame.

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