Olaf Carl Wieghorst (Denmark/California, 1899-1988) oil on canvas painting depicting a Navajo man on horseback overlooking a cliff. Signed lower left "C. Wieghorst" and housed in a carved giltwood frame. Sight – 17 1/2" H x 23 1/2" W. Framed – 25 3/4" H x 31 1/2" W. Provenance: The Estate of Larry Casey, Jackson, Tennessee. Biography: Olaf Wieghorst was born in Viborg, Denmark. A self taught artist, he is known for his Western genre, Indian, cowboy and horse paintings. By the age of nine he was skilled in horseback acrobatics and performed as a stunt rider for the Danish Circus (Tivoli Theater in Copenhagen) and also throughout different parts of Europe. As a young man he served in the military as part of the U.S. Cavalry. During this time with the cavalry, Olaf Wieghorst worked on the Mexican border during the days of the Mexican revolutionary general, Pancho Villa. After leaving the cavalry, Wieghorst travelled a great deal throughout the West where he often found work as a cowboy in New Mexico and Arizona. He later worked as a mounted policeman in New York until as late as 1944, when he moved to San Diego County and built a studio so he could paint full time. Weighorst, who had taken up painting in his time off, became so proficient with painting that Grand Central Art Galleries of the Biltmore Hotel chose to represent his work. Over the years, he created a number of horse portraits including Gene Autry's Champion, Tom Morgan's stallion and Roy Rogers' Trigger. (source: The Wieghorst Museum, El Cajon, California). CONDITION: Painting overall very good condition. Scattered abrasions to the frame.
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