Collection of Kathleen and Gerald Peters, Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Art Auction, Santa Fe, NM, 2016
Private collection, Texas
Edward Borein was one of the earliest Western artists originating from the West. The painter and printmaker, born in 1872, saw the West’s rapid growth firsthand from the cow town of San Leandro in the Bay Area. He started sketching cowboys at the tender age of 5 years old. When he was 17, he became a working cowboy in California and the Southwest, but also in Mexico and Guatemala. He later continued his art education in both San Francisco and New York City, he met Maynard Dixon and Charlie Russell, and he became enthralled in the process of etchings and printmaking. After a successful career in illustration and many years on the move to places that appealed to him, Borein settled in Santa Barbara, California, in his 50s. There he worked relentlessly until his death in 1945.
Borein’s legacy is one of authentic depictions of the West, but also one of exploration with materials and media. He was highly proficient in oil and watercolor, as well as pen and ink and graphite drawing, and his etchings are some of the finest in the West. This drawing, Navajos at the Watering Hole, should thrill collectors because it shares a subject and composition with a popular Borein etching, Navajos at the Water Hole, editions of which are prized by collectors. The etching is set at night, but this work in pen and ink is set in daytime conditions. Both works share the four figures on horseback and general composition, although the drawing has more detail in the faces, the wearing blankets around each rider and in the lineup of horses at the water’s edge.
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