EANGER IRVING COUSE (1866-1936)
EANGER IRVING COUSE (1866-1936)
EANGER IRVING COUSE (1866-1936)
EANGER IRVING COUSE (1866-1936)
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EANGER IRVING COUSE (1866-1936)

The Turkey Hunter

Details
EANGER IRVING COUSE (1866-1936)
The Turkey Hunter
signed 'E·I· Couse· N·A·' (lower right)
oil on canvas
24 1⁄4 x 29 1⁄4 in. (61.6 x 74.3 cm.)
Painted in 1926.
Provenance
Lawrence Art Galleries, Dallas, Texas, 1929.
San Geronimo Lodge, Taos, New Mexico, 1932.
E.I. Couse Estate, Taos, New Mexico, 1936.
Kibbey W. Couse, Taos, New Mexico.
Irving W. Couse.
Caleb Calkings, 1985.
Arizona West Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, circa 1996.
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Private collection, acquired from the above, circa 1995.
Sotheby's, New York, 27 May 1999, lot 3, sold by the above.
Acquired by the late owner from the above.
Exhibited
Louisville, Kentucky, Speed Museum, 1926-27.
Taos, New Mexico, San Geronimo Lodge, 1932.
Further details
This painting will be included in Virginia Couse Leavitt's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

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Lot Essay

As a founder in 1912 of the Taos Society of Artists, Eanger Irving Couse is best remembered for his intimate depictions of Southwest Indians. He spent every summer in Taos, New Mexico from 1902 until 1927, when he became a permanent resident, and through these years established close relationships with the local Indians who modeled for his paintings such as Ben Lujan, who began modeling for the artist at just 10 years old and posed for the present work. In The Turkey Hunter, Couse portrays a traditional hunting role in his distinct painting style and sympathetic perspective. Laura Bickerstaff writes, "More than in any other aspect except color, Couse was interested in the authenticity of the Indian he was to paint. The more tenaciously they clung to the customs of their forebears, the more genuine they, and therefore the pictures of them, would be." (Pioneer Artists of Taos, Denver, Colorado, 1983, p. 80)

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