LOT 221

G. Harvey


Breaking Cabin Fever

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

DIMENSIONS: 30 x 50 inches

Signed lower right

Signed and titled verso


SOLD FOR: $257,400.00

Including Buyers Premium

Additional Information

Like many artists of his generation, G. Harvey saw romance in the hard work that came with the West. He liked the grit and determination that his figures represented. They worked tirelessly and earned everything they had. Those qualities can be seen in works like Breaking Cabin Fever, as its four riders leave their warm cabin behind to tend to the day’s demands amid the snow and ice.

“The cowboy’s life has changed little on many ranches across our western states,” Randy Best writes in G. Harvey: The Golden Era — The American Dream. “Far from town, horses have not yielded to pickups and four-wheelers. Horseback is still the preferred way to ride fence and round up strays. Each year G. Harvey revisits the Spade Ranch, where tradition and the old ways have preserved this 160,000-acre spread for 100 years. Along the Colorado River, this red-rock country with its buttes and mesas, shimmers through mesquite and cactus on long summer days and blows with a penetrating cold in winter…G. Harvey has often eaten biscuits, sausage and scrambled eggs with the ranch hands before sun-up and watched shafts of yellow light filter through dust raised by thousands of hooves rushing through the narrow opening of a corral. He has admired the skill of these men teaming with their horses to separate cattle for cutting, doctoring and branding. These modern cowboys are part of a tradition and way of life. They confront the same weather, stubborn cattle, ranch jobs, loneliness and fears as their great-grandfathers. G. Harvey thinks of them as living legends standing proud against the enticements of modern comforts. He has listened endlessly to the stories of cowboys breaking ice on water troughs before dawn and of digging new ponds to catch the shower of reluctant clouds, always mindful and protective of the year’s profit grazing beside their mothers.”


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