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Catalog Number 2003.24.02
Object Name Painting
Artist Woolley, Max J.
Dimensions H-30 W-40 inches
Medium Oil on canvas
Date 1984
Notes Woolley wrote: "When visiting my sister and her husband Rudy Hruska at their ranch northeast of Lewistown, Montana, in late September an early snow had covered the area creating concern for a cow and her late-born calf. Rudy and his neighbor were searching the foothills of the Judith Mountains when I rode out on one of Rudy's horses to see them. The inspiration for this painting came from viewing the two men on their horses in the bright sun, looking for the cow and her calf, with the beautiful leaves in the foreground against the fresh snow."

Impressionistic depiction of two cowboys on horseback. A clump of bare deciduous trees dominates the left foreground; the ground beneath the trees is covered with fallen leaves. The two men are on the right side of the painting in the middle distance. Both are facing toward the center of the image, and one of them is pointing. The ground surrounding the two figures is covered in snow. There are mountains in the background. Predominant colors of blues, oranges, browns, and white.
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