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"Between Montana and Mexico unquestionably there are spots as beautiful as Taos . . . .
But to each one of the little group who, a few years ago, organized the Taos Society of Artists
there was no other place which lent to them so enduring an appeal."
He continued, "The West has passed - more's the pity. In another 25 years the old-time westerner will have gone too -
gone with the buffalo and the antelope. I'm going to hand down to posterity a bit of the unadulterated real thing..."
He said about Taos, "This is the ideal place for me because there are more varieties of atmosphere than I have found in any other place. . . .
There are several varieties of sage and cactus for backgrounds, according to the elevation that you choose.
The Taos Indians are as fine types as I have ever seen
and if one wants to paint a Mexican picture he can get a background almost anywhere near Taos"
William Herbert Dunton
He was an illustrator, printmaker, lithographer,
graphic designer, mixed media and mosaic and fresco and paint muralist, and easel painter.
Herbert Duntons' media included oil paints, fresco, lithography, mosaic, pen and inks, graphite pencils, watercolors, gouache, and charcoal.
The subjects of William H Dunton art works included the human figure, portraits, portraits, self portraits, Native American Indians, Cowboys,
North American Pioneers, Horses, mammals, animals, wildlife, wild animals, floral landscapes, mountain views and mountainscapes.
Some of the places he lived and worked include Boston Before 1900, the Pacific Northwest Before 1900, Texas Before 1940,
Taos and New Mexico Before 1940, Arizona Before 1945, Mexico and Central America.
WH Duntons' teachers included Ernest Blumenschein, Frank Vincent DuMond and Joseph DeCamp and Robert Henri.
His schools included The Cowles School at Boston and the The Art Students League in in New York.
W H Dunton
Dunton studied and taught art at
Academy de la Grand Chaumiere, Student
Chicago Academy of Fine Art, Teacher
Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Student
Palette and Chisel Academy, Chicago
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Student
He was a founder of The Taos Society of Artists, along with
J. H. Sharp, E. I. Couse, E.L.Blumenschein, Bert Phillips, Walter Ufer, Victor Higgins and Kenneth Adams.
Dunton created illustrations for almost 50 books.
Leon Gaspard was his close friend and teacher, as they both loved the outdoors.
Duntons' art works were collected by Douglas Fairbanks, Franklin Roosevelt, and H.J. Lutcher Stark.
He born August 28, 1878 in Augusta, Maine.
He worked on a ranch in his youth.
His grandfather took him to the outofdoors, instructing him in hunting and fishing.
By age 12, Dunton was selling drawings to newspapers and to the Boston Sunday Globe.
At 14 years old, Dunton was writing and illustrating for Recreation, the sportsman's magazine.
At 16 he quit school to work as a professional illustrator selling to Harper's Weekly, Collier's,
Woman's Home Companion, Scribner's, Cosmopolitan and others.
He illustrated many Zane Grey novels.
In 1896 at age 18, Herbert Dunton went to Montana and drew big game animals.
He traveled west every summer for 15 years to create sketches and gather subject matter for his paintings,
visiting Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico, Montana, and Mexico.
He labored as a ranch hand.
He attended Cowles Art School in Boston in 1897.
By his twenties he was already a leading illustrator.
He studied with Andreas M. Andersen, William L. Taylor, and Joseph Rodefer DeCamp and EL Blumenschein.
He was married in 1900, to Nellie Hartley, who gave him two children.
He moved to New York in 1903.
In 1908 he was elected to the Salmagundi Club.
In 1912 he studied at the Art Students League under Frederick C. Yohn, Frank V. DuMond,
Joseph de Camp and Ernest Blumenschein, who invited him to Taos.
Dunton's teachers included Robert Henri.
He was a member of the Salmagundi Club and John D. Rockefeller, Teddy Roosevelt, and Douglas Fairbanks were his clients.
The Taos Society of Artists
In 1912, invited by Ernest Blumenschein (his teacher at the Art Student's League), he began spending summers in Taos,
started a studio and then moved there permanently in 1921.
He was the second artist after Bert Geer Phillips to take up full time Taos residency.
In Taos, Dunton illustrated for Harper's and Scribner's.
He created Zane Grey book covers.
He created lithographs of animals.
In 1913 he painted Frank Riley, Puma County Arizona sheriff.
In 1915 he became, along with Blumenschein, Sharp, Couse, Phillips, and Berninghaus,
one of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists.
In 1921 he painted the portrait of Ben Lily, as commissioned by W.H. McFadden, and exhibited at the National Academy of Design.
In 1922 he penned "Painters of Taos" for the American Magazine of Art. He taught the advantages of light, color, and Indian Life and Western Life.
He helped found the Taos Society of Artists, to aid in painting sales.
In 1922 he resigned from the Taos Society of Artists, perhaps discouraged by demeaning comments by Ufer about Blumenschein,
although he continued to work with the group.
In 1923 he painted three murals for the Missouri State Capitol.
During the depression, he created portraits and lithographs of animals, to sell inexpensive art works.
In 1928 his health began to deteriorate, with continuing ulcers as a result of a horse accident.
In 1935 he was found to have prostrate cancer.
Buck Dunton died in Taos March 18, 1936, at the age of 57.
W. Herbert Dunton Awards
Benjamin Altman Prize, National Academy of Design
Frank Logan Prize, Art Institute of Chicago
Dunton Signature Examples
Dunton sometimes added "Taos" or "New Mexico" to his signature. Other times he was proud to sign as "Dunton of Taos".
Authentic signatures are only a part of certifying Traditional Fine Art.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Dunton Highest Auction Prices
"TEXAS OF OLD" Price: $881,000
"The Bob Cat Hunter" Price $662,500
Mexican Vaqueros Roping Brown Bears Price: $250,000
Fine Art prices have risen steadily. Please contact the Gallery for the latest prices and current inventory.
Parsons does not offer William Herbert Dunton reproductions, because they can not compare to the real paintings.
Parsons invites you to visit the Galleries to experience firsthand the unmatched beauty of the real art.
W. Herbert Dunton Museum Collections
Amon Carter Museum
The Arizona Historical Society
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Harmsen Western Art Collection
Kit Carson Memorial Museums
Museum of Art at Brigham Young University
Museum of New Mexico
Museum of The Southwest
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Phoenix Art Museum
San Antonio Art League
Sangre De Cristo Arts Center
Santa Fe Railroad
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The Harwood Museum of Art
The Rockwell Museum
William Foxley Collection-Western
Witte Memorial Museum
The White House
William Herbert Dunton Exhibitions
Art Institute of Chicago
Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC
Edgar B Davis Competition, Texas
National Academy of Design
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at Philadelphia
Salmagundi Club, New York City
Salons of America
Society of Illustrators
Society of Independent Artists
Whitney Museum of American Art
WH Dunton Paintings
"TEXAS OF OLD''
"The Bob Cat Hunter"
"COMPOSITION FOR 'SUNSET IN THE FOOTHILLS"
"MULE DEER BUCK AND DOE"
"Roping a Wolf (Roping a Lobo)"
"The Horse Rustler" ca. 1915
"A Lazy Day in Camp" Circa 1916, Oil on Canvas Board, 8" x 10"
"The End of the Day" Circa 1915, Oil on Canvas Board, 12" x 16"
"Delivering the Mail" Circa 1912-15, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 25"
"Pueblo Girl" Lithograph c.1931 14 " x 10.75 "
"Bronco Buster No 9 - Cattle Land Series" circa 1931 16 " x 11"
"Heart of the Wilderness: Elk" c.1933 14.5 " x 10.75"
"The Glance" Oil on Canvas circa 1907 28.75 " x 19"
William Herbert Dunton Paintings On Line
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"The Mountain Mother, Black Bear and Cubs" lithograph 12 x 10 in.