156 In Dakota Territory

Category Western Americana
Auction Currency USD
Start Price NA
Estimated at 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD
In Dakota Territory
Artist: Kuhn, BobDate of Birth: 1920-2007
Medium: Acrylic
Dimensions: 24 x 36 inches
Signed: Signed lower left

At first glance, looking at the big fellow on his side, you get the impression that Bob Kuhn is painting some sort of historical work, recalling the days of the great 19th century buffalo hunts. Then, after a second, you see that this is no hunted animal. This is a resting bison rousing himself to his hooves. After all, his herd mates graze unperturbed, though the one on the left has paused to consider his supine friend just down the slope. The grass is plentiful and thick. Overhead, a few clouds and a few birds are on the move, on the wing, but the sky is a hazy blue. In Dakota Territory is a celebratory painting, a scene that finds the American bisonÑdepleted to near extinction at the turn of the 20th centuryÑrestored and healthy. The image epitomizes a story of American conservation at its most successful.