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Edward Borein Cowboy Artit - the Life and Works of John Edward Borein 1872-1945

Davidson, Harold G.

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ISBN 10: 0385096070 / ISBN 13: 9780385096072
Published by Doubleday, New York, NY, 1974
Condition: Fine + Hardcover
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Very nice near new copy of the book with sharp maroon boards and bright bold lettering on the spine and artist signature in gold on the front. Many illustrations of the artist's work in color and black and white. Light remainder spray on the bottom of otherwise clean and tight page block. Unclipped DJ also sharp and bright with examples of artist's work on front and back. Rubs to the corners of the front flap and light rubs to the spine ends and front spine edge. In mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 000757

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Title: Edward Borein Cowboy Artit - the Life and ...

Publisher: Doubleday, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine +

Edition: First Edition After Ltd. Edition

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This is the first biography and major compilation of the work of Edward Borein, the renowned cowboy artist, who captured in oil, watercolor, and especially etching, the rich visual reality of the Old West. A close friend of Charles M. Russell, Borein is reputed to have been described by Russell as an artist superior to himself, and today his major work may be found in the most important Western Americana museums and collections. Gifted with a prodigious memory, Edward Borein cast a cold eye over cowboys and horses, Indians and buffalo and brought to canvas and sketch pad an uncanny accuracy of detail that served not only art, but historical truth-earning him a niche in the pantheon of great Western artists that included Remington, Russell, Fanny and Moran. Born in San Leandro, across the bay from San Francisco, in 1872, Borein drifted away from formal schooling at the age of seventeen, and into the life of a cowboy, wandering up and down the Pacific Coast from Oregon to the Baja Peninsula, working his trade and spending long hours sketching men, animals and gear-be it the twist of a lariat or the lowstrung neck of a bucking horse. At 22 he sold his first drawing, and soon after settled down to the dogged pursuit of technique and line. In time that quest led him to New York City where his studio on West 42nd Street filled up with rapidly improving artwork, Western memorabilia, and a host of famous friends. Men like Will Rogers, Leo Carrillo, Irvin S. Cobb, Buffalo Bill Cody and Theodore Roosevelt found in Borein a kindred spirit who shared their love of the wide-open spaces and the campfire dynamics of a good tall tale. But the artist was never quite comfortable in the East and in 1919 moved permanently back to California, eventually settling in Santa Barbara, whereupon his work began to achieve the acclaim it deserved. It has increased steadily in value and esteem since then.

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