261 Cochise Country

Category Art
Auction Currency USD
Start Price NA
Estimated at 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD
Cochise Country
Artist: Wieghorst, OlafDate of Birth: 1899-1988
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30 x 40 inches
Signed: Signed lower left

Cochise Country. You might as well call it “Wieghorst Country” because thiswas the country Wieghorst knew best, the Arizona-Mexico borderlands, first as a U.S. Cavalryman chasing Pancho Villa, then as a cowboy, and lastly as an artist. Cochise, a leader of the Chiricahua Apache, lived from 1805-1874. He fought both the Spanish and Americans in his quest to preserve his lands. Over the course of his life, Cochise raided and battled armies much larger than his using a combination of guerilla tactics and pitched battles in carefully chosen areas. The Dragoon Mountains, also known as Cochise’s Stronghold—not too far from Tombstone—was the site of the Apache leader’s last battles against the incursions of the American armies. As Wieghorst’s painting indicates, this is forbidding territory for the uninitiated, but to Cochise, it was home.