mule at L and large stallion at R on their hind legs, butting together; clouds of dust under their feet; man with pitchfork at R; fence and tree at L

Stallion and Jack Fighting, 1943

Lithographexpand_more

The Richard Lewis Hillstrom Fundexpand_more  2009.48.2

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John Steuart Curry was a leading proponent of Regionalism, a movement of modern artists who found inspiration in rural and small-town America. In line with this populist approach, Curry often re-created his oil paintings as black-and-white lithographs that were issued in large editions and priced for middle-class customers. In 1932, he painted Stallion and Jack Fighting, in which a powerful, glistening horse tangles with a gaunt mule. Deciding this subject would have wide appeal, he set about reducing and refining the image, as seen in his drawing made on tracing paper (Mia 2009.48.1). He started with erasable pencil and then marked his final ideas in ink. In 1943, he elaborated the image once again, drawing with a greasy crayon on a lithographic stone. The stone was then used to print the image, reversing the composition.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Stallion and Jack Fighting
Artist Life
1897–1946
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2009.48.2
Provenance
Chris L. Christensen (Madison, Wis.); his son; sold by Christensen's son in 2007 to Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln Neb.; sold to the MIA, 2009.
Catalogue Raisonne
Cole 37
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mule at L and large stallion at R on their hind legs, butting together; clouds of dust under their feet; man with pitchfork at R; fence and tree at L