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"The Hills of Old Wyoming in the Valley of the Moon near Casper Wyoming"

Joseph Yoakum, American, 1890 - 1972

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
c. 1966

Medium:
Ballpoint pen, colored pencil, and pastel on paper

Dimensions:
Sheet: 12 x 19 1/16 inches (30.5 x 48.4 cm)

Copyright:
Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2002-53-17

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Bequest of Derrel DePasse, 2002

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Yoakum was born in Missouri and traveled extensively in his youth, working a variety of jobs---including several with circuses---until he was about forty and settled in Chicago. In his seventies he began to produce the ball-point pen and colored pencil drawings for which he is known, in which the world is flattened out almost in the manner of a Persian miniature, creating visionary scenes of muted power and causing rocks and rivers, trees and clouds to conform to a stylized but organic system of patterning. No one knows whether his carefully labeled drawings were done from memory, reproductions, or imagination.