Veryl Goodnight (Colorado/New Mexico, b. 1947) cold painted bronze sculpture titled "Back From The Brink" depicting a frontier woman bottle feeding a bison calf, a second calf standing to her left. The sculpture was created in honor of Maryann Goodnight of Palo Duro Canyon, who with her cattleman husband Charles, helped save a subspecies of bison from extinction in the early 1900s. Signed, dated, and numbered "Veryl Goodnight 2000 (copyright) 4/30" lower left on the base. Gilt metal placard with title and artist's name affixed to wooden base. Mounted to rotating marble and wooden base. Sculpture – 20 3/4" H x 18" W x 14" D. Overall with base – 23 1/2" H x 20" W x 16" D. Early 21st century. Provenance: the collection of Valleau Caruthers, Brentwood, TN. Biography: Veryl Goodnight began her career as a wildlife painter and began sculpting to educate herself about anatomy. Her work has been featured in major American art shows and exhibits including a 40 year retrospective at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her most famous sculpture is "The Day the Wall Came Down, " a seven ton sculpture depicting five horses jumping over the fallen Berlin Wall. the US Air Force delivered the monument to Germany in 1998 and a sister casting is installed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas. Professional organizations include: Membership in the National Sculpture Society, Society of Animal Artists and the Northwest Rendezvous. (Source: artist's website). CONDITION: Overall very good condition. 4 3/4" repaired break, back of marble base.
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