Consigned to American Legacy Fine Arts by private collectors
This western genre oil painting by F. Grayson Sayre, circa 1925, depicts a rider on horseback and his packhorse heading into a desert landscape with rising purple and snow-capped mountains in the background. The weight of the massive mountains seemingly bears down on the lone figure leading his packhorse through a colorful blooming California desert in the Owens Valley situated east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Such trips were arduous, requiring a drive across the desert, and an ascent into the nearly inaccessible mountains with a packhorse. Sayre lived and painted the Western frontier, although, by 1925 the Old West had passed mostly into the realm of myth sustained by Hollywood movies.
Wood with gold gilt finish, made by Mayen & Olsen, dated “2009”.
“American Legacy Fine Arts” label
Early California Masters: Paintings from the Katherine A. Norris Legacy Collection, American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, California, November 12 - December 19, 2021
Western Art & Architecture, advertisement, November 2021
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