177 At the Crossing

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This item SOLD at 2017 Apr 08 @ 10:32UTC-7 : PDT/MST
Category Art
Auction Currency USD
Start Price NA
Estimated at 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD
At the Crossing
Artist: McCarthy, FrankDate of Birth: 1924-2002
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 20 x 48 inches
Signed: Signed lower right
Verso: Signed and titled verso

At the Crossing is an unusual McCarthy. It’s an action picture, but the action is condensed into tension. There are no rocks, only a mountain range in the distance, veiled in clouds and mist. The horses shoulder through the water, so the reflections are broken. What McCarthy wants us to focus on are the warriors, their weapons, dress, demeanor, the horses they ride. In short, their individuality, even as they move as one to some rendezvous to raid or make war. One thing they all share is their silence—they are at a point where there is no talking, close, perhaps, to the object of their journey. And that’s the spirit of the splendid piece, the source of the tension condensed into the moment.