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Skinner Auctions Boston MA
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January 23, 2020 06:00 PMCalender

Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011) Cowboy's Meditation

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3338B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 24, 2020 12:00PM


Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011)

Cowboy's Meditation
Signed, dated, and numbered "Harry Jackson/64/2" and with the artist's thumbprint on the top of the bronze base.
Painted bronze, height 22 1/2 in. (57.0 cm), on a black wood plinth.
Condition: Areas of wear to the painted surface including small spots on the right stirrup, the crown and brim of the hat, and the rider's left sleeve, dust and dirt overall.

Provenance: The collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III, California.

N.B. This figure of a respectful horse and rider, both with lowered heads, was derived from the mounted cowboy in Jackson's painting Range Burial. Jackson began to make painted versions of the sculpture in 1963, first using the plasteline original and then four hydrostone castings, painted in realistic colors to articulate and bear witness to the subject. Hydrostone proved to be too fragile a medium, so Jackson resolved to paint only metal casts in the future. The earliest polychrome bronze versions of Cowboy's Meditation appeared in 1964. Not conceived as a specific portrait, the cowboy represented a certain physical and spiritual type that Jackson understood and revered, with the color applied to specifically reveal the man inside.
Estimate $18,000-22,000

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Joseph Thomas Alvarez III, Harry Jackson/64/2, Hydrostone