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1943 Claire Falkenstein Born: Coos Bay, Oregon 1908 Died: Venice, California 1997 India ink, colored pencil, pencil and watercolor on paper 14 1/2 x 18 3/4 in. (36.8 x 47.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Claire Falkenstein McCarthy Trust 1998.24.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, North Wing


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Claire Falkenstein grew up riding her horse along Coos Bay in Oregon and began incorporating animals into her art at an early age. Though her preferred medium shifted dramatically during her seven-decade career – from painting and drawing to jewelry and monumental sculpture – much of her work retained the sense of motion and interwoven parts that characterize Branding. In Falkenstein’s vision of cattle branding, close inspection reveals the outline of steers, male figures, a branding iron, hooves, and a fence.

Abstract Drawings, 2012

Keywords

Abstract

Animal - cattle

Figure

Occupation - farm - animal husbandry

drawing

ink

paint - watercolor

pencil

paper - wove paper