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    JOHN FORD CLYMER (American, 1907-1989)
    The Raiding Party
    Oil on masonite
    24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
    Signed lower right: John Clymer
    Titled verso: The Raiding Party


    Prior to painting The Raiding Party, artist John Ford Clymer would have fully immersed himself in the historic details that would accurately convey this western narrative. Throughout his career as a highly successful illustrator for publications like the Saturday Evening Post, and later as an acclaimed member of the Cowboy Artists of America, Clymer developed an effective process for portraying the history of the American West accurately. First, he and his wife would painstakingly research the subject of the painting, down to the smallest details of setting, climate, and historic period. After completing their research, they would then travel to the proposed site for the painting to get a firsthand feeling of the area. That attention to historic detail and first hand observation of the actual environment is what gives paintings like The Raiding Party such power and believability.

    Clymer's career in many ways parallels the development of the Art of the American West in the twentieth century. Born in the Pacific Northwest, he showed a natural talent for drawing at an early age and sold his first illustrations when he was only sixteen. Later he studied with some of the true luminaries of the great age of American illustration, including Harvey Dunn. At that time, most artists who depicted the history of the West did so in the employ of magazines and book publishers. Clymer became one of the most sought after in that field. By the early 1960s, western art collectors increasingly began to branch out from buying works by historic artists to seeking paintings by living artists. Encouraged by this emerging market for western art, Clymer left his career as an illustrator and turned his attention towards painting the history of the West on a full-time basis. He was asked to join the Cowboy Artists of America early in that organization's development and became one of its most celebrated members.

    Clymer's popularity is not only based on his technical skill, but also on his skill as a good storyteller. The Raiding Party is a vivid narrative that contains all the elements that collectors seek in Clymer's work - a finely crafted study of men in action set against a vibrant landscape. Clymer lets the drama of the scene unfold before the viewer's eyes as the raiding party drives the herd toward the river, while the band's leader reins in his horse and casts a backward glance toward the possibility of pursuers. The flow of the action continues in one portion of the painting and is arrested in another giving the viewer a highly realistic sense of tension and anticipation. The painting is a classic example of Clymer's work which combines his talent as a figural and landscape artist, his knowledge of western history, and his prowess as a visual storyteller.

    More information about JOHN FORD CLYMER, also known as Clymer, John Ford, John F. Clymer, John Ford Clymer.

    Condition Report*: Original canvas is not lined and in good condition. UV examination reveals no evidence of inpainting. No condition isssues to note. Framed Dimensions 33.25 X 45.25 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2012
    10th Saturday
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