BOREIN, Edward (1872-1945)
Etched, printed in sepia, signed lower right, remarque of cowboy on horseback in pencil lower left. "Walpi, Arizona" written lower left in pencil in another hand. Sheet size: 12 1/2 x 20 inches. Plate mark: 8 x 13 3/4 inches.
Superb and unusual Borein etching of the famous Hopi Pueblo.
Edward Borein was a largely self-trained Western artist, who, having been a cowboy for a number of years, usually depicted the joys and hardships of cowboy life. Depictions of Native American architecture are quite rare in his work. The most successful of these is unquestionably this view of Walpi, Arizona, one of the oldest continuously occupied towns in the United States. Standing near the long bridge-like entry, we are impressed by the massive stone walls and the very permanent looking pyramidal town in the distance. Borein manages to convey the grim determination of the builders and inhabitants, who defiantly survive enemies of all sorts, natural and human.