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Starvation Peak

Starvation Peak

Artist: Frank McCulloch (born 1930 Gallup, New Mexico; lives Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 2013
Medium: oil on canvas
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of the artist
Object number: PC2013.15.1
Descriptiondepiction of starvation peak covered in snow and sage brush, centered at the top of the image and purple, pink and orange hues in the sky.
On view
Label Text:According to legend, colonial settlers (either Spanish or American, depending on the teller) climbed to the top of this narrow-topped butte, located between Santa Fe and Las Vegas, to escape from Native warriors. Surrounded, the settlers ultimately died of starvation, giving the landform its iconic name. Frank McCulloch’s version of this landmark along the Santa Fe Trail is more abstract than realistic. The work plays freely in the space between the literal flatness of the painting’s surface, and almost cartoonish signifiers of towering height.