Range Burial Signed, dated, and numbered "Harry Jackson/1959/4" and with a the artist's thumb print on the l.r. side edge, incised "PIETRASANTA ITALY FONDERIA/VIGNALI TOMASSI" on the l.r. edge of the back of the base. Bronze with a black/brown patina, 15 x 43 x 23 in. (38.1 x 109.2 x 58.4 cm), presented without a plinth. Condition: Dust and dirt to the interstices, areas of minor wear to the patina.
Provenance: The collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III, California.
N.B. Stampede (Lot 278) and Range Burial have been described as poles of violent energy versus absolute stillness. In approaching the subject of the burial, Harry Jackson was influenced by Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877), more specifically Courbet's monumental painting A Burial at Ornans done in 1849-1850. In that work, now in the Musée d'Orsay, Courbet depicted the burial of his great-uncle with challenging, unflattering accuracy and at a scale (10 x 22 feet) theretofore reserved for history or religious painting. The similarities with Jackson's Range Burial include not only impressive scale but the austere landscape, the gathering around the grave site of a multiple figures which are conceived as individual portraits, and the foreground open grave. Jackson substituted a blasted tree for the crucifix in Courbet's work. Estimate $50,000-70,000
Range Burial was issued in an edition of 7, of which this is cast 4.
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