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The Herd Moves On

The Herd Moves On

Frank Reaugh, The Herd Moves On (24 Hours #7), 1932, drawing : pastel on masonite, 61.0 x 122.0 x 0.5 cm.

“It is late forenoon. The plains glow with the light of the midday sun. The air quivers with the growing heat. Far as the eye can see the ground is covered with gray brown sage grass or the golden yellow of curly mesquite. In the distance the herd, quieted again, moves on under its canopy of dust. The delayed chuck wagon is still in the rear. Further and to the left is a thin gray line of mesquites, and on the far horizon is a low blue range of hills. Back at the canyon quiet settles over the plain. A meadow lark sings. Overhead turkey buzzards are circling. A coyote slinks down from the breaks. Down in the canyon, at the heads of new graves are two flat rocks and in certain letters, rudely carved with a cowboy’s knife, on one is ‘Bill Stewart,’ on the other ‘Jack.’ In the left foreground of the picture a lone cowboy is riding to overtake the outfit. Yesterday’s work is ended. Another day’s work has begun, as the herd moves on.”

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