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    TOM LEA (American, 1907-2001)
    Pit Stop En Route to the Homestead
    Pen and ink on paper
    14-1/2 x 22-1/2 inches (36.8 x 57.2 cm) (sheet)
    Signed lower right: Tom Lea

    Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Tom Lea was renowned painter, illustrator, muralist, teacher, writer and commercial artist. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and from 1926-33 worked in Chicago as a mural painter and commercial artist. Back in El Paso by 1936 he painted murals for the Texas Centennial Exposition in the Hall of State followed by several competitions and commissions for New Deal mural projects. In the late 1930s he illustrated J. Frank Dobie's books Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver and The Longhorns. After the War he turned to writing, producing seven books. Lea continued to paint throughout his career and was honored by Governor and Mrs. George W. Bush.

    Lea was among the finest draftsmen in his generation of American artists, regardless of medium. His work in Pit Stop En Route to the Homestead is a tribute to his skill with pen-and-ink, one of the most unforgiving of all drawing media. Lea's surety of touch and confidence in stroke are never more evident than in this excellent drawing. Moreover, Lea never shied away from ranching subjects throughout his career, a tribute to his authenticity as a true man of Texas.


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    Light paper discoloration and surface dirt; toning in margin along right edge; light handling creases; Strathmore (?) blind stamp upper left.

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