Arnold Friberg (Utah, Illinois, Arizona 1913-2010), oil on canvas painting, depicting a Native American scout watching the sunset and sitting on his Palomino horse while it drinks at a watering hole. Signed lower right, “A. Friberg RSA”. Titled “Gold and Silver” on back stretcher. Molded giltwood frame. Sight – 32″ H x 25″ W. Framed – 42 3/4″ H x 35 3/4″ W. Provenance: The Estate of Larry Casey, Jackson, Tennessee, originally purchased from Dan May and Associates, Ltd. of Scottsdale, Arizona; receipt available to winning bidder. Biography: Arnold Friberg was a realist painter and illustrator who specialized in Western, religious and historical scenes. One of his most famous works is a painting of General George Washington kneeling beside his horse while his army winters at Valley Forge. Over a period of 42 years, Friberg was commissioned to paint a series of approximately 300 representative “Mountie” images for the Northwest Paper Company. He spent considerable time in Canada researching the Northwest Mounted Police as well as the the nearby Native American tribes, the terrain, and the culture of the region to provide accurate historical information in his images. He also had commissions from the British royal family, General Motors, and the movie director Cecil B. DeMille. His monumental paintings were the pictorial inspiration for Demille’s “The Ten Commandments”. (Source: Askart, and biographical and autobiographical information provided by Northwest Paper Co. of Cloquet, MN). CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Faint stretcher creases to left and right on canvas. Minor, small area of inpainting at top left corner.
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