Eanger Irving Couse

1866-1936, Taos, NM

"The Turkey Hunter"

Oil on canvas laid to canvas
Signed lower left: E. I. Couse N. A., titled on the frame plaque
24" H x 29" W

  • Notes: Eanger Couse was one of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists and its first president. Born in Michigan in 1866, he came to Taos after extensive formal and practical study of art via Chicago, New York, and ultimately Paris in 1886. After living in France, the eastern US, and then Oregon, Couse visited Taos for the first time in 1902. Spending summers there painting between 1904 and 1927, he eventually settled in Taos permanently. He was enamored with the Pueblo people and their way of life, and although some of his depictions can seem romanticized, he was close friends with some of his subjects, having favorite models for his compositions. Couse was known for dramatically using light to highlight shapes and patterns, as illustrated in this painting. In a mountain forest of aspen trees in Autumn, where the yellow shimmer of leaves contrasts with the cool green of the shadows, a patient Native American hunter hides deep in the shadows, watching the wild turkeys gather to drink at a mountain stream, waiting for his moment.
  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition.

    Blacklight: Scattered small areas that fluoresce slightly near the lower edge, the largest approximately 1" x 4." No evidence of touch-ups under blacklight.

    Frame: 30" H x 35.5" W x 3" D

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