Signed, on base, lower left: Anna V. Hyatt sc.; inside base, in graphite: 8 - 3 - [illegible two-digit number]; sticker: red border, printed in red letters: C. M. A. / 2411.23 (in ink)
Motion and exertion are palpable in this sculpture, in which both horse and farmer lower their heads and push up a slope against a fierce wind. A gust catches the man’s cloak and tousles the horse’s mane, adding rhythmic energy to the composition. Perhaps influenced by her zoologist father, Anna Hyatt (later Huntington) loved animals from the outset. She displayed a talent for sculpting them early on and went on to become one of the foremost early twentieth-century artists to work in this genre. Holding sturdy draft horses in particularly high regard, she in 1964 reworked and enlarged her L’Orage (The Storm) into a heroic bronze titled In Tribute to [or In Memory of] the Work Horse.
From the 2019 exhibition American Art, Colonial to Modern, curated by Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art
American Art, Colonial to Modern, Israel Sack Gallery and Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-September 12, 2021.
Curator's Choice: Dartmouth College Permanent Collection, Jaffe-Friede, Strauss and Barrows Galleries, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 29, 1976-January 19, 1977.
Director's Choice, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 10-July 10, 1966.
Acquired by Frances Armstrong McGoughran (1905-2000) and Charles Fraser McGoughran (1897-1980), Norfolk, Connecticut, date unknown; given to present collection, 1962.
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