Hauling the Boulder

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28 in x 22 in x ;39.5" x 29.75"
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Throughout his career, Alten painted scenes that combined manual labor and the rural Michigan landscape. This piece illustrates Alten’s commitment to that subject matter. In it, we see a farmer bending down to connect a boulder to his team of horses, whose breath is visible in the cold air. Above them, the sun begins to break through dark clouds, illuminating and warming this agrarian landscape.
Four horses getting ready to pull a large rock that a farmer is strapping up.
Gift of George H. and Barbara Gordon

Painting Origin

Grand Rapids