Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011)
Washakie II, alternatively titled Sunset Washakie
Signed, dated, inscribed, and numbered "© Harry Jackson 1981/WA II II S 14P" and with the foundry stamp "WFS/Italia" and the artist's thumbprint, all incised in the bronze, also signed and dated in paint "© Harry Jackson/1986" all on the side of the bronze base, alternate title given on a presentation plaque affixed to the plinth.
Painted bronze, height 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm), on a faux-painted metal plinth.
Provenance: The collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III, California.
N.B. Harry Jackson began his career as a painter, and color emerged, at first conservatively, as an important aspect of his sculpture beginning with Cowboy's Meditation in 1963. In the early 1950s Jackson had experimented with Abstract Expressionism, but his desire to depict solid form within space caused him to turn away from their strict focus on two dimensions. Still, at heart Jackson remained a colorist. Jackson wrote, "I can't imagine the world without color." (1) His dream became to make polychrome bronzes that were, in essence, three-dimensional paintings. In the example at hand, Jackson has presented Shoshone chief Washakie on horseback, turned towards the sunset, bathed in rich warm colors on the front and in softened shades of blue and lavender shadows on the reverse.
1. Harry Jackson, Forty Years of His Work 1941-1981 (Cody, Wyoming: A WFS Publication, Bootstrap Fine Art Productions, 1981), p. 53.
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