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W. Herbert Dunton
Fall in the Foothills
about 1933–34
oil
34 x 42 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service



A self-described cowboy and avid outdoorsman, Dunton saw the rugged West fading away before his eyes and he determined to hand down to the American people visual records of wildlife. In Fall in the Foothills, the artist captures the quiet elegance of a mother bear and her two inquisitive cubs at home in the sun-drenched autumn landscape.