Rodeo-Pickup Man

Rodeo-Pickup Man

Frank Mechau, American, 1904-1946
Born: Colorado
Work Locations: Denver, CO, Colorado Springs, CO
United States
Oil paint on canvas
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of Anne Evans

Frank Mechau, Rodeo-Pickup Man, about 1930. Oil on canvas: 31 3/4 x 39 3/10 in. Gift of Anne Evans, 1935.9

frame height: 39 3/8 in, 100.0125 cm; frame width: 46 3/4 in, 118.7450 cm; height: 31.75 in, 80.6450 cm; width: 39.313 in, 99.8550 cm
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
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Frank Mechau was one of many American artists who trained abroad during the early 1900s but ultimately turned their attention to the specificities of America’s diverse geographic regions and cultures. Over the course of the 1920s and 1930s, these artists painted depictions of everyday life using the modern techniques then in style, such as the flattening of space and simplification of forms, as seen here.

Frank Mechau fue uno de muchos artistas estadounidenses que se formaron en el extranjero a comienzos del siglo XX, pero a la larga volcó su atención a las especificidades de las diversas culturas y regiones geográficas de Estados Unidos. En el transcurso de los años 20 y 30, estos artistas pintaron retratos de la vida cotidiana con las técnicas modernas que en aquel momento estaban de moda, como el aplanamiento del espacio y la simplificación de las formas, como se puede apreciar aquí.

Known Provenance
Anne Evans [1871–1941]; gift to the Denver Art Museum, 1935.
Exhibition History
  • One-person exhibition, Junior League of Denver Gallery, 1933
  • “Frank Mechau Memorial Exhibition”—Denver Art Museum, 11/18/1946 – 12/30/1946 (held at the city and county building galleries)
  • “Frank Mechau: 1904–1946”—Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TX, 5/11/1967 – 6/25/1967
  • “Frank Mechau Retrospective, 1904–1946"—Denver Art Museum, 6/29/1972 – 8/27/1972
  • “Frank Mechau/Artist of Colorado"—University of Colorado Art Gallery, Boulder, 05/05/1982 – 6/15/1982
  • "Shooting Star: The Artwork of Frank Mechau"—Denver Public Library, 6/10/2005 – 8/30/2005
  • "BackStory: Western American Art in Context"—History Colorado, 3/18/2017 – 2/11/2018

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