415 Guardians in the Willows

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Category Art
Auction Currency USD
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Estimated at 125,000.00 - 175,000.00 USD
Guardians in the Willows
Artist: Grelle, MartinDate of Birth: b. 1954
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 40 x 50 inches
Signed: Signed lower right/CA and dated 2005
Verso: Signed, titled and dated verso

Martin Grelle is unquestionably one of the preeminent painters of Native Americans. His dramatic, precise canvases contain a wealth of details arranged in strong compositions. Guardians in the Willows is classic Grelle. In hard, cold blue light that etches shadows in the snow, two warriors stand a chilly watch at the edge of a camp. Their horses, shaggy coated against the season, snuffle frostily—you can see their breath in the air—struggling to stand, and stand in, this weather. Grelle gives us a sense of just how cold it is by making the folds in the blanket coat and blankets seem brittle and stiff. Tough men and tough horses do a very tough job.