Description

    JOHN FORD CLYMER (American, 1907-1989)
    Pony Soldier
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 36 in.
    Signed lower right

    Property of a Prominent Texas Collector.

    EXHIBITED:
    Clymer Museum of Art, Ellensburg, Washington, March 3, 2005-October 3, 2005.

    LITERATURE:
    "Pony Soldier #2", Saturday Evening Post, Issue #P3297 (label verso).

    John Ford Clymer earned his reputation as a vivid storyteller of the American frontier and western life through his many illustrations for such magazines as the Saturday Evening Post. He produced 90 covers for the Post alone; many of those were of western subjects. He was born in Ellensburg, Washington, (now home to the Clymer Museum) and was first trained as an artist at Vancouver School of Fine Art and the Ontario College of Art. Later he spent many years in Canada working as an illustrator for Canadian publications. He also studied at the Howard Pyle School in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was greatly influenced by the work of N.C. Wyeth. He was a student of Harvey Dunn, one of Pyle's original students, at the Grand Central Art School in New York. Already established as a successful illustrator, he moved to Westport, Connecticut, in 1936 and joined the burgeoning colony of artists and illustrators living there. He and his friend and fellow artist, Tom Lovell, both joined the marines together at the outset of World War II. Both were stationed in Washington state, where they provided illustrations for military publications.

    By the time he and his wife, Doris, moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 1964, Clymer had largely left illustration behind and concentrated on easel paintings. His primary subjects were the people and history of the Pacific Northwest. He and Doris traveled extensively in the region making meticulous notes about whatever area they visited. His historical research was exhaustive, and his paintings are accurate in both historical detail and the depiction of the land itself. His success as a painter of western subjects surpassed his fame as an illustrator, and he became an important early member of the Cowboy Artists of America and the National Academy of Western Artists.

    Illustrations, such as Pony Soldier, which first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, show his skill at capturing drama and excitement with the limited palette required for such work. It is in these paintings that he established his reputation and which prepared the way for his later transition to easel painting.


    Condition Report*:

    Conservation report verso. Stretcher creases visible. Framed to an overall size of 27.75 x 43.75.

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