Hind­man’s Arts of the Amer­i­can West: Works from the A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum

Den­ver, CO

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When Hind­man presents the Arts of the Amer­i­can West sale on Novem­ber 7, tucked within the 400 lots of art­work will be pieces from the A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum of West­ern Art in Trinidad, Colorado. A num­ber of works are by the man him­self, A.R. Mitchell, a for­mer cow­boy who went into art and il­lus­tra­tion and even­tu­ally be­came the so-called “King of West­ern Pulp Cov­ers.”

Mitchell died in 1977, and much of his stu­dio and work went to his sis­ter, who en­trusted it to the A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum in the im­me­di­ate years fol­low­ing his death. The mu­seum, which is one of the hid­den gems of the West­ern art world, is home to thou­sands of works by Mitchell, as well as works by his con­tem­po­raries, artists such as Har­vey Dunn,

Harold von Sch­midt and other Golden Age il­lus­tra­tors. Hind­man will be of­fer­ing a se­lec­tion of these works, the pro­ceeds from which will ben­e­fit the Colorado mu­seum.

“By part­ner­ing with Hind­man, we an­tic­i­pate in­tro­duc­ing Arthur Roy Mitchell’s body of work—as well as his life as an il­lus­tra­tor, fine artist, his­to­rian, work­ing cow­boy and ar­dent lover of his na­tive South­west— to a broader au­di­ence of art ap­pre­ci­a­tors who may be un­aware of this pro­lific and pas­sion­ate artist,” says Allyson Sheumaker, ex­ec­u­tive director at the A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum. Funds re­ceived through the sale will sup­port the mu­seum in bet­ter serv­ing its mis­sion and lo­cal com­mu­nity by main­tain­ing the ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Mitchell orig­i­nal

paint­ings, sketches, Na­tive Amer­i­can and His­panic ar­ti­facts and per­sonal ef­fects; mak­ing fa­cil­ity up­grades to the 113-year-old for­mer depart­ment store build­ing that houses the mu­seum; and pub­lish­ing a book of Mitchell’s art.

“I was im­pressed by the artist’s work im­me­di­ately upon en­ter­ing the A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum for the first time. The Pulp West­ern…works are bold and ac­tive, but I was even more im­pressed by his peace­ful, stir­ring land­scapes and the dig­nity with which he de­picted the Amer­i­can In­dian,” says Maron Hind­man, the auc­tion house’s vice pres­i­dent of West and South­west. “In 1976 Mitchell was unan­i­mously cho­sen to re­ceive the Trustee’s Award from the Cow­boy Hall of Fame for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to West­ern His­tory. From what I have learned about A.R. Mitchell, he was a col­or­ful and of­ten caus­tic char­ac­ter. He should be re­mem­bered as an artist, teacher, his­to­rian and philoso­pher. The book Mitchellis­ms: Anec­dotes and Ut­ter­ances of a Man of Char­ac­ter, by Richard Louden, is a mus­tread for Mitchell fans. One of my fa­vorite Mitchellis­ms: ‘Ego­ism is the anes­thetic given by a kindly na­ture to re­lieve the pain of be­ing a damn fool.’ His wit and char­ac­ter should in­deed add a cer­tain luster to his art and en­cour­age more vis­i­tors to the A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum in Trinidad, Colorado.”

Works in the sale from the mu­seum in­clude Mitchell’s Morn­ing Friskies (est. $2/4,000), Driv­ing Off Rusters (est. $2/4,000) and Tit for Tat (est. $3/4,000), which Hind­man says “cap­tures the essence of a round-up that only a true cat­tle­man can un­der­stand and ef­fec­tively de­liv­ers it to the rest of us non-rid­ers.”

Other works in­clude Dunn’s Cat­tle Herd and Cow­boy (est. $8/12,000) and Bet a Stack of Blues (est. $8/12,000), as well as von Sch­midt’s mag­nif­i­cent wagon train scene River Cross­ing, es­ti­mated at $12,000 to $18,000.

A.R. Mitchell (1889-1977), Tit for Tat, oil on can­vas, 23 x 29”. Prop­erty Be­ing Sold to Ben­e­fit The A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum. Es­ti­mate: $3/4,000

Harold von Sch­midt (1893-1982), River Cross­ing, oil on can­vas, 36 x 50”. Prop­erty Be­ing Sold to Ben­e­fit The A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum. Es­ti­mate: $12/18,000

A.R. Mitchell (1889-1977), Morn­ing Friskies, oil on can­vas, 26 x 25”. Prop­erty Be­ing Sold to Ben­e­fit The A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum. Es­ti­mate: $2/4,000

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