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Peter Hurd
(New Mexico, 1904 - 1984)

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Peter Hurd was a native of New Mexico, born in San Patricio in 1904. Having sold a painting to one of his superiors while attending West Point Military Academy, Hurd gave up his military ambitions to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Hurd also had private lessons with N.C. Wyeth, whose daughter he would ultimately marry. With his wife Henriette, who was also an accomplished artist, Hurd returned to New Mexico in the 1930s, where he produced a large body of landscpape, genre, and portrait paintings.

A regionalist painter known for his landscape, figure and genre paintings of New Mexico, Peter Hurd was especially focused on capturing light and atmosphere. His preferred medium was tempera on gesso panel, and many of his works depict the panoramic views he saw from his beloved ranch land as well as the mixed-blood and pure-blood people with whom he was most familiar--Indians, Mexicans, and Caucasians. He was also a muralist and did many lithographs and watercolors. In the mid-1930s, he was a mural painter on the Federal Arts Project, completing post-office murals in Big Springs and Dallas, Texas, and in Alamogordo, New Mexico. During World War II, he was a war correspondent for "Life Magazine."

 

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