Lot 9

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OLAF WIEGHORST (American 1899-1988)
Breaking Out
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left
30.25 inches x 40.25 inches
Estimate:  $10,000 - 15,000   € 9,200 - 13,800

Olaf Wieghorst (1899 – 1988) was born in Denmark, where he first learned the horsemanship that would be a major theme throughout his life. His education was in the Copenhagen public schools, and at a young age he developed an acrobatic act at the Tivoli Theater in Copenhagen. By the age of fourteen, he started working on a stock farm, where he first learned to ride horses and began to teach himself to paint.

Transfixed by the stories and images of the American West, Olaf Wieghorst joined the US Cavalry and was stationed at the Mexican border as a horseshoer, a job that allowed him contact with his primary preoccupation. He also learned rodeo and trick riding techniques from the men around him and further developed his painting style.

Wieghorst left the service and floated around the Southwest, working as a cowboy on ranches, eventually settling in New York, where he joined the police force on the Police Show Team of the Mounted Division. Returning to California after retirement, Olaf Wieghorst would produce the majority of his life's work and would be best known during his lifetime as a painter of horse portraits, as seen in the offered lot.

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