424 Slim Chance

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Category Art
Auction Currency USD
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Estimated at 375,000.00 - 575,000.00 USD
Slim Chance
Artist: Terpning, HowardDate of Birth: b. 1927
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 24 x 40 inches
Signed: Signed lower left and dated 1978

Painted in a period when Terpning was keenly interested in the interactions and collisions between mountain men and Native Americans in the early west, Slim Chance divides the space into two horizontals and circles the action around a lone, centered, surrounded trapper—on foot—who will have a small window of opportunity to explain his presence and business here to four mounted warriors. With luck, he knows something of the language. Terpning puts us at just enough of a distance to appreciate the trapper’s precarious aloneness and from this angle, it seems that the hill might just swallow the man, as, indeed, it might.