Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Art Review - "The Ox-Driver, an Old-Time Figure of the West" by Harvey T. Dunn - Brandywine River Museum of Art

For #MuseumTourTuesday, here's a painting we were able to view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art by American illustrator Harvey Dunn. A student of the great Howard Pyle, Dunn would later become a great teacher in his own right, mentoring other well known illustrators such as Dean Cornwell.

One of the things I find fascinating about this painting is the way in which Dunn crops the Ox. By pushing its head off the left edge of the canvas, the artist gives us a greater sense of its power and massiveness. Also interesting is that the ox and driver become one shape, suggesting their important relationship to each other.

"The Ox-Driver, an Old-Time Figure of the West" • Harvey T. Dunn • 1909 • Oil on Canvas
• 34 7/8 × 26 in

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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