Pencil signed limited edition print "Watering Hole", circa 1970's, by the important Western American artist OLAF WIEGHORST (1899-1988). The print measures 21" by 26" and 30" by 35" framed in grayish wood. It is numbered 364/1500 at lower left margin and the artist has signed it in soft pencil at lower right. Wieghorst's works sell at major auctions of western American art, into the hundreds of thousands. Rumor has it that his "Navajo Madonna" masterpiece sold privately for $1.5 million. There is a museum dedicated to the artist and his work in El Cajon, California, east of San Diego, where Wieghorst lived in the latter part of his life. Born in Denmark, he was a child acrobat performer, and had early experience riding horses. By 1918 he was in the United States, as part of the 5th US Cavalry, in the Pancho Villa campaign in the Southwest. His exposure then to cowboys, wranglers, and all things western became a rich source for his prolific art career to come. He settled in El Cajon in 1945, appearing in two John Wayne movies in later life. This print is very clean. The frame has acquired some whitish foreign matter in a few spots, perhaps contractor's plaster or similar, which can be easily removed.
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