(1899-1988). Oil on canvas; 16" x 18". Important traditional Western painter, specializing in horses and horse portraits. He began painting in 1916. Working as a sailor in 1918, he jumped ship in NYC, where he enlisted in the US Cavalry for duty on the Mexican border. During his three years of military service as a horse-shoer, he learned rodeoing and trick riding. He was mustered out in Arizona, finding work as a ranch hand on the Quarter Circle Two C Ranch, whose brand is now Wig Horse insignia. Among his willing buyers were renowned collectors, such as Amon Carter, C.R. Smith, and Sid Richardson, whose names are virtually synonymous with western art. “l try to paint natural things, the way a horse turns his tail to the wind on cold nights, the way he flattens his ears in the rain, seasonal changes in the coat of a horse, and the psychology of his behavior. Horses have been my life." Olaf is considered one of the outstanding Western artists, with work in major museums throughout America. He has been honored with special exhibitions at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, San Diego Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK. Well framed.
PERIOD: Mid 20th Century
ORIGIN: California, United States
SIZE: 16" x 18"