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My Favorite Koerners

My favorite Koerner paintings. I prefer his work to most of the western painters that get all the attention, such as Remington and Russell.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: johng


Breezy Riding
Koerner, W.H.D. | Painting |...
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22.77 | 1926 | H: 37.375 in, width: 31.125 in, Frame height: 41.75 in, Frame width: 37.375 in | Breezy Riding | Breezy Riding illustrated Will Levingston Comfort's story about Cheyenne Frontier Days, "The Firebird." | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner (Koerner underlined)/1926 | 22.77.JPG | 22.77.jpg | Cowboy | Animal | Group | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

Eventually She Br...
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10.84 | 1925 | width: 30 in, H: 36 in, Frame width: 32.625 in, Frame height: 38.625 in | Eventually She Brought Him to a Standstill | Gift in memory of Margaret Elizabeth Stewart MacFarland | By the 1920s, the West had become an important setting for popular fiction, and the wild horse often played a significant role in the storyline. Illustrations were used to enhance the drama, excitement and appeal of the narratives. Koerner, a well-known illustrator of western stories, created this painting for Hal C. Evarts' story "The Painted Stallion," which first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, September 26-October 10, 1925. | On stretcher - The Painted Stallion. #1./ Eventually she brought him to a standstill and sat watching the desert horses faded from the landscape. Label on stretcher - must not be used in any newspaper or periodical, except the Saturday Evening Post, nor may it be reproduced as an advertisement or in connection with advertising matter. Canvas back in pencil or charcoal - P7435a/-6 - | 10.84.JPG | 10.84.web.jpg | 10.84.jpg | 10.84.jpg | wild | horse | illustration | cowgirl | Painting | oil on canvas | W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) Eventually She Brought Him to a Standstill 1925, oil on canvas Gift in memory of Margaret Elizabeth Stewart MacFarland Active and independent women were popular in western fiction of the 1920s. In Hal G. Evarts’ novel The Painted Stallion, Millie Powers rode a powerful horse bareback across the desert in pursuit of her beloved mare, Patches. Koerner illustrates the scene where she chased a herd to no avail. 10.84 | Koerner, W.H.D.

Madonna of the Pr...
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25.77 | 1921 | H: 37 in, width: 28.75 in, Frame height: 43.5 in, Frame width: 35.5 in, frame depth: 3.5 in | Madonna of the Prairie | Museum purchase | 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. | 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. | Book: exhibition catalog, La Mythologie De L' Ouest, Dans L'Art Americain 1830-1940, Laurent Salome, editor, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2007, page 89 | 25.77.jpg | 25.77.JPG | 25.77.jpg | 25.77.web.jpg | 25.77.jpg | 25.77.jpg | covered wagon | woman | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

Morning Ma'am
Koerner, W.H.D. | Painting |...
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11.84 | 1925 | H: 28 in, width: 40.125 in, Frame height: 31.75 in, Frame width: 43.75 in | Morning Ma'am | Gift in memory of Margaret Elizabeth Stewart MacFarland | Koerner's niece, Margaret Elizabeth Stewart (married name - MacFarland), posed for this painting which served as an illustration for The Painted Stallion by Hal G. Evarts. | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner/(Koerner underlined)1925, ULC: The Painted Stallion #2/Morning Ma'am he saluted removing his hat. Could you stake me to a bite of breakfast?, Pencil or charcoal on canvas back: P7464 93/8 | 11.84.JPG | corrals | Other | Animal | Cowboy | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

The Snow Eddied a...
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23.77 | 1932 | H: 29 in, width: 41.125 in, Frame height: 33.875 in, Frame width: 46 in | The Snow Eddied and Whirled About the Men. They Were Muffled to the Eyes by Their Neck Scarfs. Night Had Descended by the Time They Returned to the Ranch House. | Museum purchase | This painting illustrated Short Grass, a novel by Hal G. Evarts. | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner (Koerner underlined)/1932 | On August 19, 1993 William H.D. Koerner III, the son of W.H.D. Koerner, told me a story about this painting. According to him, he posed for the figure on horseback so that his father could get the right modelling on the clothing worn by the cowboy being portrayed. This was done on swelteringly hot July day. "Little Billy Koerner" was swaddled in coats and scarves from head to toe. In order to help endure this very uncomfortable situation his father told him the story surrounding the scene he was painting. Even today, Mr. Koerner remembers how much cooler he felt imagining the blizzard in the story. [8/24/93 Frances B. Clymer.] | Book: The Deadliest Woman in the West: Mother Nature on the Prairies and Plains 1800-1900, by Rod Beemer; Caxton Press, Caldwell; 2006; page 47 | 23.77.jpg | 23.77.jpg | 23.77.jpg | 23.77.web.jpg | Group | Landscape | Cowboy | Animal | Painting | oil on canvas | W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) The Snow Eddied and Whirled About the Men. They Were Muffled to the Eyes by Their Neck Scarfs. Night Had Descended by the Time They Returned to the Ranch House. 1932, oil on canvas Museum Purchase For this painting, Koerner used his son Billy for the central figure. Billy recalls the experience, “Imagine posing for a freezing snow scene wearing a heavy cowboy costume when the studio interior was over a hundred degrees blistering hot!” 23.77 | Koerner, W.H.D.

Untitled - (Cowbo...
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6.78 | H: 40 in, width: 31 in | Untitled - (Cowboy on Bucking Horse - detail of rider's hat and hand not finished) | Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver and W.H.D. Koerner III | 6.78.JPG | Figure | Animal | Cowboy | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

"We Been Missing ...
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9.84 | 1925 | H: 28 in, width: 40.125 in, Frame height: 30.625 in, Frame width: 42.625 in | "We Been Missing You Something Frightful," He Said | Gift in memory of Margaret Elizabeth Stewart MacFarland | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner/(Koerner underlined)1925, Pencil on stretcher ULC: Painted Stallion #3./we been missing you something frightful he said., Glued on paper ULC: This picture must not be used in any newspaper or periodical e[xc]ept the Saturday Evening Post,...[?]r may it be reproduced as an . . . [emen] or in co[nnec]tion . . . [?Sing] matter. . . . [Sat]urday Evening Post . . . [P]hiladelphia. Charcoal or pencil marks on canvas back: P7512, 93/8 | 9.84.jpg | 9.84.JPG | Cowboy | Animal | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

While the Horses ...
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20.77 | 1929 | H: 36.75 in, width: 31 in, Frame height: 42.125 in, Frame width: 36 in | While the Horses Stood To Their Fetlocks In The Tumbling Stream, He Turned To Her, A Smiling Question In His Eyes | Gift of William D. Weiss | Koerner provided this painting as an illustration for "Cinderella by Request" by Ben Ames Williams. This story appeared in the April 13, 1929 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner/1929 | Exhibit catalog: Art of the Rocky Mountain West; U.S. Ambassador's Residence, Dublin, Ireland; U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies Program; Vienna, 2000 | 20.77.jpg | 20.77.JPG | Group | Figure | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | While the Horses Stood to Their Fetlocks in the Tumbling Stream, He Turned to Her, A Smiling Question in His Eyes 1929, oil on canvas Gift of William D. Weiss, 20.77 Koerner illustrated "Cinderella by Request" by Ben Ames Williams in The Saturday Evening Post, April 13, 1929. | W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) While the Horses Stood to Their Fetlocks in the Tumbling Stream, He Turned to Her, A Smiling Question in His Eyes 1929, oil on canvas Gift of William D. Weiss Koerner illustrated "Cinderella by Request" by Ben Ames Williams in The Saturday Evening Post, April 13, 1929. Though the artist worked for a number of publications during his career, between 1911 and 1935 he created over 1300 illustrations for Post covers, stories, and articles. 20.77 | Koerner, W.H.D.