Monday, December 28, 2020

Terence Cuneo Paints The Old West

Christopher Heffernan asked how 19th century artists such as Édouard Detaille (1848-19120 were able to paint equestrian subjects.

Let's check out how Terence Cuneo (1907-1996) did it. He was a 20th century British artist known primarily for his paintings of railroads and of the Queen's coronation. But he painted cowboys and Indians, too. 

The video (Link to British Pathé on YouTube) shows how he posed a cavalry officer outdoors on horseback and then brought the model into the studio to finish the painting. 


This combined method for working from life on an equestrian pose is probably how some artists might have painted horseback riders in the 19th century, though of course photography became more readily available as the century progressed.


willbrooks said...

Season's Greetings James to you and your family. Thank you for posting this very informative article and video. I gained much from seeing Terence Cuneo at work from his initial drawing to the development of the picture. He certainly knows how to point a brush but someone should have told him where never to point a gun. I am looking forward to finding out more about Terence Cuneo armed with this video. Thanks again.

Pro Welder said...

I am also a painter by profession, thanks for sharing it with us.