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Eve of Saint John

Peter Hurd, American, (February 22, 1904–1984)

Creation date: 1960
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Tempera Painting
Medium and Support: Tempera on board
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge
Accession Number: 1975.69
State/Province: New Mexico
Dimensions: 28 in. x 48 in. (71.12 cm x 121.92 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Peter Hurd, (1960 - November, 1960)

Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge, La Jolla, California (November, 1960 - November 6, 1975)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 6, 1975 - )

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AMERICAN INSTALLATION
October 2004
The Southwest was a primary force in Peter Hurd's art. Born in New Mexico, he spent much of his adult life there. The Eve of Saint John depicts his preferred subject, the people and landscape around him. The girl featured in the painting is Dorothy Herrera, the twelve-year old daughter of Hurd's retired ranch foreman. She carries a candle to light her way to a church festival. Dorothy, set against the bleak background of a New Mexico landscape, evokes the isolation and loneliness of adolescence and the importance of ritual occasions in enlivening daily life in rural America. The painting is painted in tempera, an Old Master medium that Hurd made his own. Look closely at the painting's surface to see how Hurd builds up small brushstrokes to create a tightly illustrative image.
Last Updated: 7/29/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Peter Hurd , 1/15/1977 - 5/22/1977

Peter Hurd: A Retrospective , 3/25/1983 - 5/15/1983

Peter Hurd: Insight to a Painter Denver Art Museum , 6/25/1983 - 8/21/1983

The Walbridge Legacy The San Diego Museum of Art , 4/9/1988 - 5/29/1988

Art of the United States from the San Diego Museum of Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 2/9/2011

Modern Art: Selected Highlights San Diego Museum of Art , 10/20/2012 - 6/30/2013

American: Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 1/18/2014 - 8/26/2014

Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective , 1/20/2018 - 9/16/2018

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Robyn Montana Turner. Portfolios Barrett Kendall Publishing, Ltd.. Austin, Texas, 1998
Page Number: 77, Figure Number: C

The Walbridge Legacy San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988
Page Number: 60

The Walbridge Legacy San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988
Page Number: 25, Figure Number: 25

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 150

Susan Baker. Darshan, In the Company of Saints: Darshan. Fallsburg, New York, October, 1993
Page Number: 12, Figure Number: 12

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 254, Figure Number: 254

Dianne Thompson. Journal of Emergency Nursing Elsevier Inc.. New York, January 2013
Page Number: Cover, pg. 2A

Kirsten M. Jensen, ed. Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective James A. Michener Art Museum. 2018
Page Number: 67, 97, Figure Number: Plate 32

Marks

Inscription, On reverse:

Label, : No. SE.1983.7.39 / Exhibition / Peter Hurd: Insight / to a Painter / June 25 - Aug. 21, 1983 / Date THE EVE OF ST. JOHN, '60 / Lender Phoenix Art Museum / The / Denver / Art / Museum

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