Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Canyon, TX



Edwin Borein: The Artist 's Life and Works

Three Buckaroos, 1922, Watercolor on paper, 11 x 15 5/8 inches, Collection of the Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York, 85.54 L


Edwin Borein: The Artist 's Life and Works, will be featured at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, June 12 through August 22, 1999. This exhibit features works on paper by an artist and cowboy whose high rank among artists of the American West is undisputed. The 54 watercolors, etchings, and pen-and-ink sketches, all from the collections of the Rockwell Museum in Corning, 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.

John Edward Borein (1872-1945) was raised in California at a time when cattle were still driven down the main street of his home town. His sensitivity to the behavior of animals, his inclination to draw what he experienced -- without pretension or sentimentality -- came naturally and without the benefit of much formal art training. He lived the lifestyle he chose to depict and became a proficient roper, rider, and saddlemaker; ranching and Hispanic themes characterized his work throughout his career. Collectors are drawn to Borein's pen-and-ink sketches, etchings, and watercolors because of their accuracy and the virtuoso display of skill in depicting figures in action.

The traveling exhibit is on a two-year national tour. Venues include the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana; the Cowboy Artists of America Museum, Kerrville, Texas; the MSC Forsyth Center Galleries at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; the Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs California; the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas; and the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, California.

See articles on Edward Borein: The Artist's Life and Work at the Palm Springs Desert Museum and Edward Borein (1872-1945) at the Rockwell Museum.

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