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Accession Number:
25.77
Makers
Koerner, W.H.D.
Descriptions
oil on canvas
Names
Painting
Subjects
covered wagon, woman
Date:
1921
Dimensions:
H: 37 in, width: 28.75 in, Frame height: 43.5 in, Frame width: 35.5 in, frame depth: 3.5 in
Title:
Madonna of the Prairie
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
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.
Inscription:
LR: WHD/Koerner/1921
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.
Publication:
Book: exhibition catalog, La Mythologie De L' Ouest, Dans L'Art Americain 1830-1940, Laurent Salome, editor, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2007, page 89

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