Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Art Review - "The Horse Wrangler" by W. Herbert Dunton

Kimberly and I were finally able to visit the San Antonio Art League & Museum this past week. While only a portion of the collection is on view at any given time, the work displayed does not disappoint. This painting by Herb Dunton, now considered one of the jewels of the league's collection, was submitted to the 1928 San Antonio Competitive Exhibition, and surprisingly won only an honorable mention.

The stylized flowing shapes of Dunton's work have influenced a number of contemporary western painters. In this particular piece, the rider is the focal point, but for me it's the horse and foreground shrubs that stand out as masterful. The warm, lit edges of the forms portray an incredible sense of depth despite the overall simplicity of the shapes.
"The Horse Wrangler" • W. Herbert Dunton • Oil on Canvas • 25" x 20" • 1928
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts
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