196 Early Morning

Winning Bid Undisclosed
This item SOLD at 2015 Apr 11 @ 14:26UTC-7 : PDT/MST
Category Western Americana
Auction Currency USD
Start Price NA
Estimated at 60,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD
Early Morning
Artist: Hulings, ClarkDate of Birth: 1922-2011
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 25 x 30 inches
Signed: Signed lower left

Old and older: baked clay buildings terrace up a hill like a Mayan ziggurat; a cobblestone way rises from the cathedral at the center of the city. In the distance, a patchwork of fields rises to a mist of hills. The Mexican carterÑfor this is MexicoÑSan Miguel de Allende, to be preciseÑdrives his sleepy burros up the street, to pasturage, perhaps, or to a job. They bear no burdens yet. Burros are a Hulings trademark, symbol, to him, of the unwitting aspects of the lives all creatures, great and small, lead. As ever, Hulings here excels in the way he uses shadows and architecture to contain the central figures and to indicate the sweep of the larger world. In Early Morning, the contrast is between spirituality and labor, the celestial and the mundane. Work itself becomes spiritual, a service and sacrifice we perform for the sake of the world.