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Americana Date: 1915 Size: 20" x 30" Medium: Watercolor
ARTIST - Hansen was born in Dithmarschen, Germany, and began his painting career in Hamburg. In 1877, he immigrated to the United States and studied at the Art Institute in Chicago. In 1882, he settled in San Francisco. He became interested in western life and was particularly good at painting horses.
PRINT - It is possible to invent several stories to fit the title of this watercolor. The Indian and rancher are holding a spirited conversation as their horses move along. The flat land stretches out to violet and golden hills; a gully filled with foliage lies along side the track; and patches of sage lean away from the wind. We are most interested, however, in the distinction between the two riders and their horses. One has an improvised rope bridle and reins. The other horse is raising a proud head in a leather harness. Other details to be noted here are the rancher's horned western saddle and fringed leather gloves, the Indian's buckskin shirt, elaborate beaded boots, knife, gun and lariat. Hansen's interest in western life took him on several trips to various parts of the West. His work is illustrative, with lively figures set against typical western backgrounds. The facial expressions are very expressive and the landscape touches are bright and natural.
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