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Where the Trail Forks

1964 Harry Jackson Born: Chicago, Illinois 1924 Died: Sheridan, Wyoming 2011 bronze 19 1/4 x 7 x 5 1/2 in. (49.0 x 17.9 x 14.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Moore 1981.122 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46B


Luce Center Label

“The West inspires my life,” Harry Jackson said, and Trail Boss and Where the Trail Forks are two of his many bronzes of the subject. When Jackson was a child in Chicago, his mother worked as a waitress near the stockyards, where cowboys and cattle traders gathered and told tales of the Old West. He wanted to present cowboys as realistically as possible, and liked “taking something that [movies] have made saccharine and making it real again.” (Janet Wilson, ARTnews, December 1978; Time, May 30, 1960)

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Figure male - full length

Occupation - other - cowboy

sculpture

metal - bronze

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About Harry Jackson

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1924 Died: Sheridan, Wyoming 2011

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