Fritz White (1930-2010) Out of the Mystic Past 28 1/2in high

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Lot 53
Fritz White
(1930-2010)
Out of the Mystic Past 28 1/2in high

Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium
Fritz White (1930-2010)
Out of the Mystic Past
inscribed 'Fritz White 11/15 CA' (on the base)
bronze with dark brown patina
28 1/2in high

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Morns Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona.
    Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1984.

    Literature
    S.H. McGarry, Honoring The Western Tradition: The L.D. "Brink" Brinkman Collection, Kerrville, Texas, 2003, p. 171, illustrated.

    The artist once recalled, "This piece is pure imagination." He continued in a letter to L.D. Brinkman, "with it I wanted to dramatize the Indian's absorption with his religion. The tenseness of the pose - the out thrust wolf skull all are intended to magnify the belief in the supernatural. At the same time all things relate to his working relationship with the animal spirits around him." He pointedly concluded, "The deer, wolf and eagle are all represented and he seems about to leap over the fire and tell ya that the 'devil's gonna git ya if ya don't watch out.'"1

    Fritz White's monumental version of Out of the Mystic Past, which stands at a soaring ten feet tall, is installed outside of the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas. L.D. Brinkman was one of the museum's founders whose vision and support contributed to its opening in 1983.

    1 Fritz White, unpublished letter, 29 July 1990.
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