Near the Waterhole

Near the Waterhole

Walter Ufer, American, 1876-1936
Born: Germany
United States
Oil paint on canvas
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Acquired in honor of Thomas Brent Smith, Director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art (2009-2021), with funds generously provided by Henry Roath

Walter Ufer, Near the Waterhole, 1921. Oil paint on canvas. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Henry Roath, 2021.90

height: 36 1/2 in, 92.7100 cm; width: 40 1/4 in, 102.2350 cm; frame height: 43 7/8 in, 111.4425 cm; frame width: 48 in, 121.9200 cm; frame depth: 4 in, 10.1600 cm
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
This object is currently on view

While studying in Munich, Ufer developed a distinctive style of painting based on the principles of the alla prima technique, painting while the paint remains wet instead of letting it dry between applications. A direct and unpredictable way of working, it requires the artist to paint quickly, and Ufer often finished a work in a single sitting. He also preferred to paint at midday when the sun was at its most intense.

Mientras estudiaba en Múnich, Walter Ufer desarrolló un estilo de pintura distintivo basado en los principios de la técnica alla prima, pintando mientras la pintura permanecía húmeda en lugar de dejarla secar entre aplicaciones. Este modo de trabajar directo e impredecible requiere que el artista pinte rápidamente, y a menudo Ufer terminaba una obra en una sola sesión. También prefería pintar al mediodía, cuando el sol brillaba más intensamente.

Exhibition History
  • "A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings"— Denver Art Museum, 12/13/2015 - 4/24/2016
  • Philbrook Museum of Art, 5/29/2016 - 8/28/2016