This W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) painting "Hard Winter" is also titled "The Snow Eddied and Whirled About the Men. Night Had Descended by the Time They Returned to the Ranch House."
23 1/2" x 18 1/4"
Served as an illustration to a Hal G. Evarts novel ("Short Grass")
Unframed Western art print
The makings of this painting actually took place in July. W.H.D. Koerner's son, William, sat atop a horse in the middle of summer, bundled head to toe in scarves and coats to serve as a model for the elder Koerner. As his father began recreating the image, he also described the scene in great detail for William — who actually said he felt cooler from imagining the blizzard!
William actually recounted this story himself to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a museum dedicated to preserving stories of the West. Every
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