Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011)
Sunset Washakie, alternatively titled Washakie II
Signed and dated "© H. Jackson 1986" in paint on the side of the bronze base; signed, dated and inscribed "© Harry Jackson 1981/WAII-II SP50" and with the artist's thumb print and a Wyoming Foundry Studios mark all incised or stamped in the bronze base; titled on a presentation plaque; a label from Altermann Galleries, Texas, affixed to the underside of the plinth.
Painted bronze (stand-oil on lost wax bronze), height 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm), on a wood 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 the 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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