Object name: Madonna of the Prairie
Accession Number: 25.77
Date : 1921
Gloss: In the novel The Covered Wagon, Molly Wingate traveled the Oregon Trail with a wagon train of settlers. Encountering prairie fires and Indian arrows, the beautiful maiden eventually reached Oregon, where, in the conventions of popular fiction, she found true love. In this illustration for the novel's book jacket, Koerner used the covered wagon to form a halo around the pioneer's head.
Dimensions: H: 37 in, width: 28.75 in, Frame height: 43.5 in, Frame width: 35.5 in, frame depth: 3.5 in
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Remarks: see ARGUS record SEP.V194.40.1922, The Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1922. Madonna of the Prairie was used as the cover illustration.
Inscription: LR: WHD/Koerner/1921
Synopsis: Painting- Madonna of the Prairie- Koerner, W.H.D.- oil on canvas- woman- covered wagon- LR: WHD/Koerner/1921- see ARGUS record SEP.V194.40.1922, The Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1922. Madonna of the Prairie was used as the cover illustration.- Author, Michael Mordall called 09/2003 and requested to license the image of 25.77 for his forthcoming book on Frank Stick. Mordell claimed that the Koerner and Stick families were close friends and Frank Stick's wife, Maude, was the model for the painting, Madonna of the Prairie. I provided information of my conversation with Mordell to WG curatorial staff.
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Madonna of the Prairie
Madonna of the Prairie by W.H.D. Koerner
I would save all of Koerner's work if I could but Madonna of the Prairie has to be one of our most iconic images and it's so pretty too!