An oil on canvas painting of a mounted Mountain Man of the early west (think "The Revenant"), leading another horse loaded with provisions, in a snowy and forbidding winter landscape. The work, 24" by 36", is unsigned. It likely dates to the 1970's or 1980's. For years now oils of Native Americans, Mountain Men and the like have circulated with collectors and auction houses, signed "Troy Denton". Apparently according to askart, this may well be a pen name for a contemporary artist who copied many works of Howard Terpning. There is no website for the artist nor other information that would substantiate that this is a known person. Some say the artist was actually a South Korean. Whatever, the works are appealing to a wide range of collectors who find the early west to be of great interest, and some have reached five figures at auctions. This painting at first glance appears to be in excellent condition, but closer examination at an angle shows some disturbed areas, most notably at center right to the right of the horse's nose, and at upper left. There appear to have been two or three parallel tears each possibly as long as six to eight inches in that area to the right, but they have been painted over. Some tell-tale signs of the damage remains, as the images show----the old horizontal tears appearing as almost a shallow groove or trench; the repairs were not professional, but were likely economically sensible, and enough to restore the paintings to a displayable condition. Frame the work with a standard 24" by 36" frame, place it on the wall, and enjoy nicely painted western art.
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