Million Dollar Rope Horse

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Million Dollar Rope Horse
Million Dollar Rope Horse
Artist: Shufelt, RobertDate of Birth: b. 1935
Medium: Pencil
Dimensions: 24 x 37 inches
Signed: Signed lower left and dated 2005; Titled lower right

Robert Shufelt is the undisputed master of the Western pencil drawing. No one gets a greater range of tones and textures into graphite on paper, and few work, or even have, in the medium on this sort of scale. In Million Dollar Rope Horse, a young boy on a prize horse attempts to lasso a calf in a corral. The whole scene is at once humorous and beautiful. The horse patiently puts up with this thoroughly undemanding ÒpracticeÓ session, but the setting and the whispery clouds over the ridge make this into a kind of turnabout rite of passage in which the experiencedÑand very valuableÑhorse teaches the boy.