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Sunset for the Comanche

by Howard Terpning®

Artist Howard Terpning’s paintings of the American West have depicted some of the most dramatic and moving events in the history of the Plains People. In Sunset for the Comanche, Terpning’s brush recalls the valiant struggle by the Comanche people to retain their land, their freedom and their way of life.

“The Comanche people ruled the Southern Plains until the last quarter of the 19th Century,” relates the artist. Their warriors were said to be some of the best horsemen in the world and yet constant warfare and broken treaties drastically reduced their numbers. The Quohadi (the antelope clan) were the last of the people to surrender. To me, this scene represents the symbol of their strength as they clung to their old way of life as a warrior society. The sun is low on the horizon and the cottonwood trees cast long shadows that forebode the demise of their culture.”

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 250 s/n.
48"w x 38"h (unstretched).
$2450 | $2955 CDN | £1590
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Arriving May 2007

Also by Howard Terpning...

Nectar of the Gods
by Howard Terpning

Vanishing Pony Tracks
by Howard Terpning

Protectors of the
Cheyenne People

by Howard Terpning


Howard Terpning®: Larger Than Life

The vast sweep and scale of the Southwestern landscape influence the size of many of Howard Terpning’s canvases.

When asked how he decides the scale of a painting, Terpning said,“I think it’s mostly the importance of the painting, but it also depends on the show it’s going to.The shows I’m in are major exhibitions, so they demand larger paintings.The subject matter also helps to determine the size of a painting. I can tell the story better that way; with larger figures and with bigger heads, I can get more emotions into the faces.”

Scale also impacts how Terpning approaches the design of the painting.While a large painting can easily contain a group of figures and intense action, a miniature canvas has other considerations. “I do a miniature painting every year for Settler’s West Gallery,” says the artist. “It’s a question of deciding what will make an interesting picture in something that’s only 9 by 12 inches. I wouldn’t want to do something complex with five or ten figures—you’d end up with too many tiny figures. I think a small painting should be kept a little simpler.”

This month’s Catalogue features both full-scale and miniature works from Howard Terpning. Sign Along the Trail, his “simple” contribution to the new SmallWorks™ collection, can be found on page 11.