The Blue Valley Fox Hunt
Dimensions: image: 12 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. (32.4 x 41.9 cm)
sheet: 15 7/8 x 21 1/4 in. (40.3 x 54 cm)
mat: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Associated American Artists
Label Text: Both of the composition and the narrative content of the Blue Valley Fox Hunt are reminiscent of deMartelly’s mentor, Thomas Hart Benton. The lines and patterns of the fields are rhythmic variations on Benton’s late style, just as the Native American subject suggests Benton’s usual themes. The humorous scene of “hunters” drinking, snoozing and spinning tall tales around a campfire is, however, deMartelly’s own. He makes his own sly reference to Benton by depicting the older artist sitting against a tree sound asleep.
Object Number: 1969/70.61
Currently not on view