Lot 94

Howard Terpning (B. 1927) Medicine Horse Mask 2005

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$25 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
Featured in this lot is this giclee on canvas called "Medicine Horse Mask," circa 2005 by American artist Howard Terpning born in 1927. The artwork features a wonderfully and professionally crafted giclee on canvas that shows a scene of three Native American men putting a medicine horse mask on the horse. The artist signature is in the bottom left hand corner and is numbered 230/650. Howard Terpning (born November 5, 1927) is an American painter and illustrator best known for his paintings of Native Americans. When he turned 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served from 1945 through 1946. He was stationed in China for nine months. After leaving the Marines he enrolled at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in their two-year commercial art program using the G.I. Bill to pay his tuition. To further his study he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago for six months where he honed his life drawing and painting skills. After art school a family friend introduced Terpning to Haddon Sundblom, a successful and highly regarded illustrator of that time. In 1955, he moved to a Milwaukee studio where he stayed for three years before relocating to New York where he was hired by a major Chicago studio. By 1962, he was working as a freelance artist using an agent to facilitate the business side of his craft. In addition to illustrating for magazines Terpning completed over 80 movie posters starting with The Guns of Navarone in 1961. Other examples include Cleopatra, Doctor Zhivago, The Sound of Music, The Sand Pebbles, and the 1967 re-release of Gone with the Wind. In 1967 he headed to Vietnam as a civilian combat artist attached to the Marine Corps. Of the experience Terpning stated he was "profoundly changed" by the experience. Upon his return home he created six paintings which are now at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The condition of this limited edition giclee on canvas is good with no obvious signs of damage and shows good overall condition. The measurements of this giclee on canvas is 30" x 25 3/4". This giclee on canvas comes with the official Greenwich Workshop Certificate of Authenticity.