Highway at Dusk, 1955
Peter Hurd (American, 1904 - 1984)
egg tempera on Masonite panel, 31 3/4 x 47 1/8 in. (80.6 x 119.7 cm)
Museum purchase and gift of the artist, 1966
Peter Hurd grew up in Roswell, NM. At the age of seventeen he went to the United States Military Academy for two years. He left to study the liberal arts, finally devoting himself to painting. He studied with N. C. Wyeth, the renowned illustrator, and fell in love with Wyeth's eldest daughter, Henriette, herself an excellent painter. They married in 1929, spending ten years on the east coast until returning to San Patricio, N. M. where they spent the rest of their lives. It was here that Hurd developed his mature style, focusing on the changing light in the landscape he loved.