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A Shower In A Dry Year

A Shower In A Dry Year

Artist: Peter Hurd (1904 Roswell, New Mexico - 1984 San Patricio, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1969
Medium: egg tempera on birch panel
Dimensions:
50 x 48 in. (127 x 121.9 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1985 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1985.103.1
DescriptionView of a hilly landscape. A small farmhouse is in the foreground, sheltered by a tree, while a rainstorm brews in the background.
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Peter Hurd

1904 Roswell, New Mexico - 1984 San Patricio, New Mexico

A Shower in a Dry Year

1969

egg tempera on birch panel

museum purchase, 1895 General Obligation Bonds

PC1985.103.1

 

A Shower in a Dry Year is a painting of Peter Hurd’s home and the surrounding environment in the Hondo Valley in Southeastern New Mexico. The land itself appears energized by the approaching storm depicted through dramatic lighting and brushstrokes. This painting is a second version of Dry River, one of Hurd’s most reproduced works.

 

After leaving the United States Military Academy at West Point, Peter Hurd traveled to Pennsylvania to study under illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Though Hurd’s technical skills were not developed at the time, Wyeth saw potential in his earnestness. Hurd stayed with Wyeth for several years and eventually married Wyeth’s oldest daughter, Henriette. They settled in his native New Mexico, where the distance from his teacher and the influence of the landscape led him to develop a unique style. He captured the spirit of the New Mexico landscape, working in oils, lithography, and most frequently egg tempera, a technique he taught to Henriette’s younger brother, Andrew Wyeth.

Un chubasco en año de sequía

1969

pintura al temple sobre panel de abedul

adquisición del museo, bonos de obligación general 1895

PC1985.103.1

 

A Shower in a Dry Year ilustra el entorno natural de la residencia de Peter Hurd en Hondo Valley al sudeste de Nuevo México. La tierra en sí parece cobrar energía por la tormenta que se aproxima caracterizada a través de pinceladas y luz cargadas de dramatismo. Esta pintura es una segunda versión de Dry River (Río seco) una de las obras más reproducidas de Hurd.

 

Tras abandonar la academia militar estadounidense de West Point, Peter Hurd viajó a Pensilvania para estudiar bajo la dirección del ilustrador N. C. Wyeth. Aunque en esa época Hurd aún no había desarrollado su destreza técnica, Wyeth vio potencial en su seriedad. Hurd trabajó varios años con Wyeth y terminó casándose con la hija mayor de Wyeth, Henriette. La pareja se estableció en Nuevo México, la tierra natal del artista, donde la distancia con su profesor y la influencia del paisaje le hicieron desarrollar su propio y peculiar estilo. Captó el espíritu del paisaje de Nuevo México, trabajando con óleos, litografías y más frecuentemente con pintura al temple, técnica que enseñó al hermano menor de Henriette, Andrew Wyeth.