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    ROBERT E. LOUGHEED (American, 1910-1982)
    Through the Valley of Fire, 1979
    Oil on masonite
    20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
    Signed lower right: Robert Lougheed / CA
    Titled, signed, and dated verso: Through the Valley of Fire / Robert Lougheed / 1976

    EXHIBITED:
    National Cowboy Hall of Frame, Oklahoma City (label verso).

    Robert Lougheed was without a doubt one of the most influential western artists of the last 50 years. He excelled as a teacher and mentor to many of the modern West's most renowned artists. He was a major force in the development of the National Academy of Western Artists, was a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and led numerous workshops to develop promising artists' ability to paint in "plein air". Even as a child in his native Canada, he had an inherent talent at capturing his natural surroundings and the animals that lived there. He began developing his artistic talent as a teenager taking a correspondence course in drawing. He landed a job with the Toronto Star as an illustrator when he was only nineteen. Eventually, he moved to New York to study at the Art Students League under the tutelage of artist Frank Vincent DuMond, who described him as "the best student, I ever had." After establishing a solid career as an illustrator for such publications as Reader's Digest and Collier's, he began to spend more and more of his time painting western scenes and subjects. In 1967, he moved to New Mexico and devoted his career to western art.

    Through the Valley of Fire is typical of his work. It is based on his on-site sketches, most likely in the ranch country of New Mexico. The bright sun and vivid colors of New Mexico are portrayed with an energetic and vigorous brush stroke. Lougheed's practice of constantly honing his craft through direct observation in nature led him to develop a very bright and contrasting palette for his Southwestern scenes, such as this one. His palette became more subdued when he painted in his native Canada. For Lougheed, nature dictated the direction any individual painting took. His intent was to capture in spirit and feeling the location he chose to paint. In Through the Valley of Fire, he is quite successful in doing that, both the land and the horses and men are painted with skill and clarity.


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    December, 2009
    16th Wednesday
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