Oct 19, 2023 - Sale 2649

Sale 2649 - Lot 32

Price Realized: $ 22,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
PALMER HAYDEN (1890 - 1973)
The Western Range.

Oil on linen canvas, circa 1950. 610x762 mm; 24x30 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto. Signed and titled in oil, upper right verso.

Provenance: acquired at Heritage Auctions, May 10, 2014; private collection, Philadelphia (2014).

This richly colorful scene of a black cowboy and a herd of cattle is an excellent example of one of the Western scenes that Palmer Hayden sketched on his 1940 and 50s car trips and later painted in oil. After leaving the WPA in 1940, Hayden married Miriam Hoffmann and drove with her to Virginia. He began his series of twelve painting s on the legend of John Henry in 1944 - using sketches of the mountains, river, shacks and shops around the Big Bend Tunnel in Talcott, West Virginia. Through the 1940s and 50s, Palmer Hayden continue to drive across the Midwest and West. His sketchbooks in the Archives of American Art include many pencil and watercolor sketches from road trips to California and Canada with stops noted in Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming and Utah.