Sunday, August 8, 2010

SWAS: Irving R. Bacon

The Conquest of the Prairie, 1908. Oil on canvas.


Irving Reuben Bacon was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts in 1862. He studied art at Munich, Germany. He was a student of William Merritt Chase. Irving R. Bacon is best known for his portraits of the Ford family; he was sponsored by Henry Ford as a protege.  Mr. Bacon died in 1962.

His styles varied dramatically from theme to theme. He painted cityscapes with broad, rough strokes and a loose European style. Reuben Bacon's American West themed art was painted with a more controlled realism that captured the West much as it must have been. His art, specifically his frontier themed art, was popular during his lifetime and continues to be very collectible.

The Conquest of the Prairie
is an oil on canvas painted in 1908. Its smooth realistic lines capture the crisis of the westward migration of the pioneers to the native Indian tribes. Its subtle portrayal of the approaching wagons pushing the buffalo past the stationary Indian encampment vividly captures the end of one era and the beginning of another.

If you would like a high quality poster print of this painting, or any of the other paintings featured in our Sunday Western Art Series, please contact me.

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