Edward Borein (1872-1945)
Swappin' Ends
signed and dated 'Edward Borein/1916' (lower right)--and inscribed with title (lower center)
gouache on paperboard
23 ¼ x 16 ¾ in. (59.1 x 42.6 cm.)
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dalzell, Santa Barbara, California.
Coeur d'Alene Art Auction, Reno, Nevada, 21 July 2012, lot 110.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
M.R. Miller, John Edward Borein: The Formative Years, Santa Barbara, California, 2006, p. 17, illustrated.
Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Coloring the West; Watercolors and Oils by Edward Borein, October 25, 2007-February 17, 2008, p. 43, cover illustration.

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Lot Essay

Bucking broncos have been a recurring theme in Western American art for over a century. The struggle between man and animal has come to represent man's continual efforts to tame the West. Along with Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Maynard Dixon, William Robinson Leigh and many others, Edward Borein has been recognized for mastering the subject, depicting it on countless occasions and in a range of mediums, including watercolor, pen and ink, dry point and etching, a medium for which he would become widely known.

Swappin' Ends is a rare, highly-finished example of Borein's best efforts at the subject. The title of the present work cleverly alludes to the action that is unfolding, sticking to the raw authenticity of the event by employing a colloquial term for a bronco that is headed end over end. Borein returned to such playful, informative and authentic titles on many occasions, in works such as Scratchin' High, High Wide and Handsome, Who Wins?, and Sitting Pretty.

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