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William Herbert Dunton (1878-1936) grew up on a family farm near Augusta, Maine. A childhood spent hunting and hiking gave him an abiding respect for wildlife and outdoor activities. Although trained in Boston and New York City, he encountered the subjects that would earn him lasting artistic fame during a trip to Montana in 1896. Near Livingston, Dunton worked for a local grizzly hunter and took on a variety of ranch jobs, though he showed a special adroitness for bronc riding, which earned him the nickname "Buck." He eventually returned to the East to earn a living from his art, but the West had entered his blood. He returned every year and eventually settled in Taos, New Mexico, in 1921. His marvelous painting, The Shower (1914, oil on canvas, 32½ x 25½), encapsulates the spirit of a West that Dunton feared was disappearing. An intense admirer of horses and cowboys, he captures in this painting the drama and skill of men trying to elude a sudden violent storm. This painting is presented here courtesy of the Anschutz Collection, Denver, Colorado, and is included in the Painters and the American West. This traveling exhibit may be viewed at the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, until January 20, 2002, and at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003.
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