RAY STRANG PRINTS - ARIZONA HIGHWAYS, NOVEMBER, 1945

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  • Sold Date: Apr 26, 2011
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GREAT COLLECTIBLE ISSUE OF ARIZONA MAGAZINE FEATURING SIX CLASSIC ORIGINAL WESTERN COWBOY PRINTS BY PAINTER RAY STRANG.

RAY C. STRANG BORN IN SANDOVAL, ILLINOIS IN 1893 WAS AN AMERICAN WESTERN ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR. HE WAS EDUCATED AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, AND THE NEW YORK SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS. HE WAS AN ILLUSTRATOR FOR SUCH MAGAZINES AS THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, AMERICAN MAGAZINE, LADIES HOME JOURNAL AND HARPER'S BEFORE MOVING WEST TO ARIZONA WHERE HE SPECIALIZED IN NOSTALGIC DEPICTIONS OF THE WILD WEST AND PRAIRIE LIFE.

ACCORDING TO THE LEAD ARTICLE: "RAY STRANG LIKES TO PAINT HORSES. KNOWING THEM SO WELL, HE THNKS HE DOES THEM BETTER, BUT THEREIN, A GLANCE AT THE ACCOMPANYING COLOR REPRODUCTON OF SOME OF HIS OTHER WORKS, WILL REVEAL JUSTIFIABLE ROOM FOR ARGUMENT."

"STRANG CAME TO ARIZONA AS A PERMANENT RESIDENT IN 1937 AND BUILT A HOUSE ON A 60 ACRE DESERT TRACT ATOP A HILL NEAR TUCSON WITH A WIDE VALLEY SWEEP AND RUGGED MOUNTAINS AS FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS AND BRILLIANT SUNSETS NEARLY EVERY EVENING WHICH COULD CHALLENGE THE SOUL OF ANY ARTIST...IT WAS DIFFICULT AT FIRST, HE SAYS, TO REGARD EVENTS OF 1860 AND 1870 AS HISTORY...HE COULDN'T FIND THE OLD WEST FOR WHICH HE WAS LOOKING. THEN IT CAME TO HIM SUDDENLY AND FORCEFULLY THAT THE OLD WEST IS STILL LIVING. THE YOUNG MEN IN THEIR LEVI'S AMD HIGH-HEELED
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