|The Market Plaza, San Antonio, 1879|
Thomas Allen born 1849 in St Louis, Missouri. Died 1924 Worcester, Massachusetts.
Traveled "out-west" and Texas in 1878. Texas inspired many of his paintings.
I like this painting because it captures everyday life in a city. It reminds me of the "Farmer's Market" of my youth. Farmer's Markets were the eBay and etsy of pre-internet America.
|Meat is not meat until it is in the Pan |
Charles Marion Russel born 1864 and moved to Montana at the age of 16. Died in 1926. Unlike Remington, the other great painter of western scenes, Russel lived out-west.
He was revered in his adopted home-state of Montana. One line in his obituary read "He never swung a mean loop in his life, never done dirt to man or animal, in all the days he lived."
I like the humor of this scene. It makes me think of squirrels that fell and were caught in the fork of a tree. "Now what?"