Center for Great Plains Studies Art Collection

University of Nebrasks, Lincoln, NE



Edward Borein: The Artist's and Work

January 12 - February 18, 2000


This exhibit features works on paper by an artist and cowboy whose high rank among artists of the American West is undisputed. The fifty-four watercolors, etchings, and pen-and-ink sketches, all from the Rockwell Museum's collection in Coming, New York, include examples of his well-known Stampede rodeo posters, depictions of Western wildlife and Hispanic missions, and his highly regarded imagery of longhorn cattle and cowboy life on the open range. (left: Edward Borein (1872-1945), The Stampede, 1916, ink and gouache, 14 3/4 x 36 1/4 inches, collection of the Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York, 78.16 F)

Edward Borein (1872-1945) was born and raised in California. His inclination to draw what he experienced without pretension or sentimentality came naturally and without formal art training. He chose the lifestyle of a professional cowboy and became proficient at roping, riding and saddle-making. These themes along with ranching and Hispanic subject matter were depicted in his imagery throughout his career. In 1900, due to the changes in ranching life of coastal California, Borein quit ranching, established a studio and began illustrating for local magazines and newspapers. Seven years later, he moved to New York where he diligently observed and taught himself illustrative techniques. While there he had a brief training at the Art Students' League and exhibited some of his work. His Forty-second street studio that he shared with James Guifford Swinnerton became a meeting place for fellow artists and friends. It was here where he cemented his friendship with Charles M. Russell. The two re-established contact in California where Borein relocated in 1921. The younger artist introduced Russell to other artists in the area and both mingled with Western celebrities such Will Rogers, Annie Oakley and "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The richness of Edward Borein's life as expressed through his art will fascinate viewers.

Edward Borein: The Artist's and Work draws from the extensive collection of the artist's works on paper assembled by Robert F. Rockwell, Jr., whose private collections were incorporated into the Rockwell Museum in 1976, establishing the largest comprehensive collection of American Western art on view in the eastern United States.

Normal gallery hours are: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-5:00 p.m. The gallery is housed in the Love Library at the University of Nebraska. A new building will be completed for the Center for Great Plains Studies Art Collection in the Fall of 2000. (information as of 3/00)

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Read more about Borein from our articles covering prior Borein exhibitions at Santa Barbara Historical Society Museum, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Rockwell Museum, Nevada Museum of Art and Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

Read more about the Center for Great Plains Studies Art Collection in Resource Library Magazine

For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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