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    JOHN FORD CLYMER (American, 1907-1989)
    Horned Chief
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 10 inches (50.8 x 25.4 cm)
    Signed lower left: John Clymer CA

    Acquired from the artist by Robert Learned Hand, Broken Bow, Oklahoma;
    Jack Ravage, Sequim, Washington.

    Grand Central Gallery, New York, 1992;
    Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, 1994;
    Hendricks Fine Arts, San Antonio, "American Artists," 1997.

    Art of the West, March 1990, p. 28.

    John Clymer literally bridged the gap between two generations of artists who depicted the American West. He followed in the footsteps of the early twentieth-century illustrators like Harvey Dunn, with whom he studied, and was a mentor and role model to many of the earliest members of the Cowboy Artists of America, an organization that he joined in 1969. By the time he joined that group of artists, he had produced over 70 cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post and countless illustrations for many other national publications. His illustration career was not devoted exclusively to western images, but they formed a significant cornerstone for his later artistic offerings. The last twenty years of his life were devoted exclusively to painting the historic West. His work can be found in major museums, such as the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, New York, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

    Clymer prided himself on historical accuracy. He and his wife, Alice, carefully research each of his subjects to make sure that each detail of costume and setting was true to the historical period portrayed. They would then travel to the site depicted to get a feel for the area. As a result of these intensive preparations, Clymer's paintings are both rich in accurate historical detail and successful in capturing the essence of the geographical settings.

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

    Condition Report*: Relined canvas with masking varnish; scattered accretions in background of upper right, upper left, and lower right corners, and in fur of chief's headdress (upper left quadrant); in-painting along the lower, upper right, and upper left edges; otherwise good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    16th Wednesday
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