Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Art Review - "Untitled [Cowboy on Horse]" by Frank Tenney Johnson

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a rare watercolor by western artist Frank Tenney Johnson that Kimberly and I saw last week at the the "Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America" exhibit at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

While I am very familiar with Johnson's works in oil, I had never seen a watercolor by this artist before. I was immediately struck by his use of the medium. This watercolor is less about broad washes of contrasting value and more about color. The drawing is impeccable, and the subtleties in the coat of the horse are strikingly similar to Johnson’s oil painting work.

While this piece alone makes visiting the show worthwhile, I'll be sharing more in the weeks to come. If you can, go see this exhibition. Nothing beats seeing work like this in person.

"Untitled [Cowboy on Horse]" • Frank Tenney Johnson
• Watercolor on Paper • Undated

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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