Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Whiteface Cattle, TexasMade in Texas, South, United States, North and Central America
Howard Norton Cook, American, 1901 - 1980
Transparent and opaque watercolor and dry brush with scraping out over traces of graphite on off-white wove paper
Currently not on view
1973-12-410Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund from the Carl and Laura Zigrosser Collection, 1973
LabelThe printmaker and muralist Howard Cook held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1934-35 that enabled him to tour the Deep South for a year to study the essential characters of the working poor in out-of-the-way areas of the United States. He lived among and drew farmers, miners, steelworkers, craftsmen, and cowboys. This watercolor is dated to the time of his stay in South Texas, where he described the local cattlemen as "physical giants equaling in grandeur the vast country to which they belong as essentially as the mesquite and prickly pear that cover their desert."