LOT 287

Olaf Wieghorst


Remuda at Dawn

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

DIMENSIONS: 24 x 30 inches

Signed lower left


SOLD FOR: $38,025.00

Including Buyers Premium

Additional Information

Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ
Altermann & Morris Galleries, Dallas, TX
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

Olaf Wieghorst, William Reed, Northland Press, Flagstaff, AZ, 1969: p. 11.

If they ever make a movie about Olaf Wieghorst, it will have to be toned down and softened or else the audience will find it too unbelievable. And yet, it all happened. The artist came from a Danish circus family and at a young age he made a break for it by crossing the Atlantic Ocean as a sailor on a steamer only to jump ship in America. He rode in the 5th U.S. Cavalry against Pancho Villa, was a cowboy for a spell and then was a mounted police officer with the New York Police Department. He was friends with John Wayne, and even made cameos in El Dorado and McLintock! On top of it all, he was a top-notch rider and could also paint and draw a horse in almost any pose without any visual reference.

“A leathered face bears testimony to years of hard work in the wind and sun,” writes William Reed in Olaf Wieghorst. “Huge hands, gnarled and scarred by many a rope and branding iron, look strangely out of place holding an artist’s brush or working the clay of a sculptor. His rough simplicity is deceptive, however; the homespun shirtsleeves of his life can hardly conceal the sinew of his talent.”


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