oil on canvas
40 × 60 inches
signed and dated lower right
Inscribed, “Calander [sic] rights reserved by Gerlach – Barklow Co. Joliet Illinois Harvey Dunn”
An original calendar from 1946 featuring The Homesteaders
will accompany the lot.
In 1945, Harvey Dunn was recognized by the National Academy of Design with the coveted status of National Academician. Taught by Howard Pyle, Dunn went on to teach a legion of great American artists beginning shortly before World War I and continuing until World War II. The artist and historian Walt Reed thought Dunn was “one of the most important illustrators of the 20th century, best known for the authenticity of his Western subjects.”The Homesteaders
was purchased by Arthur Cahalan when he was president of The First National Bank in Miller, South Dakota, from 1930 to 1963. The painting has hung there continuously since.
The picture appeared on a calendar published by Gerlach Barklow Co. This was the first and only Dunn picture to appear on a calendar for more than 30 years.
Private collection, South Dakota
Walt Reed, Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West
, Flesk Press, 2010, pp. 192-93, illustratedView more information
Surface is in excellent condition. Two small spots of inpainting to right of the woman’s bonnet.