In an obscure history museum in the small town of Craig, Colorado, I came upon the art of Gerard Curtis Delano, who painted western themes in the early 1900’s. Delano used simple forms and rich colors, almost chromatic, especially when depicting the bright colors in traditional colors of native American colors. The museum had several prints of his work. I had never heard of Delano previously, and would have probably not even remembered him, had it not been for what happened next.
As I came around one display, I encountered his work, Mountain Men, depicting two mountain men riding a makeshift raft down a river. This was an original, 30″ x 36″. The image I have linked hardly does justice to the rich pastel colors, which make the water so cold and atmosphere so misty. What really exited me was the action implicit in the scene, and the feeling of being there, achieved by the low angle of view.
No prints were available. Research shows that it sold in 2013 for $74,750. Still, it is a new favorite of mine.