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    TOM LOVELL (American, 1909-1997)
    The Raven Followers, 1975
    Oil on board
    19 x 32 inches (48.3 x 81.3 cm)
    Signed lower left: Tom Lovell NWA

    EXHIBITED:
    National Academy of Western Art (Prix de West Invitational, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) 1975 (label verso).

    Tom Lovell called himself "a storyteller with a brush," a description appropriate for an artist who spent over five decades capturing the sweep of American history on canvas and paper. Born in New York City in 1909 and educated at Syracuse University, Lovell began earning his living as an illustrator while still in college. After graduating in 1931, he launched a successful free lance career as a magazine and book illustrator that stretched over forty years. His work appeared in all of the leading publications of the day including Life, McCalls, Saturday Evening Post, and Collier's. He was called on to depict a wide range of subjects from contemporary life to ancient history, but his favorite subject and the one that he would eventually devote himself to on a full time basis was the history of the American West. Within that subject, he was particularly fascinated with the history and culture of North American Indians.

    Lovell's painting The Raven Followers, shows his skill as an artist, an historian, and a visual storyteller. As an artist, Lovell was painstaking in his approach, often producing several preparatory sketches in pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and oil. Before proceeding to work on a large oil, he often drew the entire painting in charcoal at the same scale that he would use for the finished painting. By the time he began work on a painting like this one, he had already worked out the composition and color. In effect, each of his large paintings was the end result of many weeks and months of preparation, both in terms of artistic technique and in historical research. Lovell wanted his paintings to be visually interesting and also to tell a good story that was grounded in authenticity. Many of his paintings, such as this one, were accompanied by a note on the back of the canvas giving the historical context of the scene. Lovell was the consummate professional artist, adept at capturing figures and the beauty of the landscape and also in conveying the look and feel of historical periods. His work has been widely collected and has been recognized with numerous awards and citations. While grateful for that recognition, he felt that the greatest award was the knowledge that in paintings like The Raven Followers" he was able to "tell a good story, while giving the viewer a sense of another time and place."


    Condition Report*: Framed Dimensions 29 X 42 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2011
    5th Saturday
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