Crow Country, Giclee on Canvas, Limited to 100, Dimensions: 28" x 43", Published 2012.
"Crow Country" was a land truly blessed by Akba'tat-di'a (the Maker of Everything). At the height of Crow power, their territory consisted of some of the most stunning landscapes in all of North America. Extending from the Black Hills of North Dakota across Montana to the headwaters of the Yellowstone River in Wyoming, Crow country was a dynamic combination of buffalo-laden plains, thriving forests, mountain peaks and fertile valleys.
My goal for this painting was to show a tranquil camp scene in a beautiful setting as a backdrop for a war party leaving to raid an enemy camp and perhaps steal some horses if the opportunity presented itself, says Howard Terpning. Normally, warriors heading for enemy camps to steal ponies would travel on foot and then ride the captured ponies back to their own camp, but they usually did what the leader of the war party wanted to do.
Crow Country was one of the two stars of the recent Heritage Western & California Art Signature Auction in Dallas, TX. The only work commanding a higher price was Terpning's own "Plunder from Sonora." As stated by Ed Beardsley, Vice President of Fine & Decorative Arts at Heritage, Not only did we offer some of the most recognizable names in Western art, it was arguably some of their finest work and observant buyers recognized that. It was a standing room only crowd of lovers of great Western and California art at Heritage's world headquarters. The auction included works of Bierstadt, Russell, Leigh and Fechin.
"Crow Country" is an oversized MasterWork Fine Art Canvas, a 43" x 28" tribute to a time and place when the people and the land were one.
MEET HOWARD TERPNING When Howard Terpning’s paintbrush touches the canvas, there is a profound commitment behind its spirit, a vital force that drives the originality of each painting with a heartfelt purpose. The compassion, strength, and vulnerability that radiates from the canvas is not only a testament to his skills, but a reflection of the artist, and the man himself. Terpning has become one of the most lauded painters of Western art today and is considered by many a national treasure. He is amongst the rare group of artists to see his work sell for over a million dollars in his lifetime. This is not only a rating of the mastery of his skills as an artist, but of his employment of them to allow the viewer to experience the deep respect for people and nature that drives his art. Born in Illinois and educated at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the American Academy of Art, Terpning first gained attention through his advertising and editorial illustrations. His vision became the force behind such classic movie posters as “The Sound of Music”, “Dr. Zhivago”, and the 1967 re-issue of “Gone with the Wind”. Always a Marine, Terpning answered the call again, making combat patrols around Da Nang with a camera and sketch pad for the Corps in Vietnam during 1967, but his love of the West and Native American traditions fueled his transition to fine art. He has become known as the Storyteller of the Native American because of his devotion and respect for the Plains Indian. The late Fred A. Myers, director of the Gilcrease Museum, said of Terpning, “He is simply the best and best-known artist doing Western subjects at this point. He is among a very small group of painters of the West in the late 20th century whose art will still be hanging in museums and appreciated a hundred years from now.” His work has been exhibited around the world and collected in museums including the Autry National Center, the Phoenix Museum, and the Booth Western Art Museum, along with many of the most prestigious private collections today.
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