Ink and watercolor drawing of cows in a field, 13 1/2" by 21 1/2" (20 1/2" by 29" framed), signed at lower center by the noted 20th century New Mexico artist SAM SMITH (1918-1999). The modeling of the animals shows that the artist was a keen observer of their forms and a talented draftsman. Smith was born in Texas and was in Albuquerque at an early age. Smith saw dramatic action in Asia in the Second World War, and was active as a combat zone artist. He studied art with American and western American masters including Randall Davey, Jack Levine, Ben Turner, Carl Von Hassler, Fletcher Martin, and Nicolai Fechin, going on to become a professor of art at the University of New Mexico, for nearly thirty years (1956-1984). In that position he in turn influenced many young artists. New Mexico contemporary master artist Wilson Hurley is said to have been impressed with Smith's talent. Smith's works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Art, Roswell (NM) Museum, and the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas. This work is in excellent, fresh, clean condition, the paper very white.
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