New Mexico Art Tells its History

Before The Roundup

Before The Roundup, 1974
Otis Dozier (American, 1904 - 1987)
oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (100.3 x 120.7 cm) (image)
Gift of Los Trigos Fund, 1996
1996.63.1

Otis Dozier, born in Forney, Texas, was raised on a farm where he developed a love for wildlife and nature, the primary subject matter of his art. He was a painter, printmaker, and teacher who first became prominent as a member of the Dallas Nine, a group of Texas regionalist artists. While studying works by Matisse, Picasso, Léger, Derain, and other European artists reproduced in issues of The Dial, Dozier developed a style characterized by strong forms and brilliant colors. By the mid-1930s he tightened up his brushwork and muted his palette to the earthy grays, beiges, greens, and browns favored by regionalist artists.

Reflective Questions and Activities:

E What kind of cattle is shown in this painting? Where does this breed come from? Where in New Mexico do you think this scene is taking place?  
E What is the purpose of a roundup? What other animals might be present? How do they assist the cowboys in their work?  
E/S What is the effect of having the cowboy painted in a red shirt? If he were wearing a blue shirt how would that affect our ability to see him?  

 

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