Paul Brach, Red Remuda

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Red Remuda, Paul Brach
Gift of Bernice Steinbaum
(Near the Registrar’s window)

Paul Brach was sixty-one years old when he painted Red Remuda and through it returned to the exhilarating independence of his teenage summers working as a cowboy in the Arizona desert. Born and raised in New York City,Brach remembered having a “whole fantasy about the west which meant freedom and getting away from a kind of constriction.” Here he depicts one of his fondest memories of those summers: serving as the “night hawk,” the lone cowboy who would ride out and round up the remuda, the horses that would be used for that day’s work.

Brach has given his canvas a hazy, dreamlike atmosphere suggesting that the subject is a distant and faded, if still significant, memory. The lyrical quality of this painting is further enhanced by its restricted palette, the strong silhouette of the solitary mesa and the repeated, stenciled silhouettes of the running horses. Brach designed the ornate, sculptural frame to recall traditional Navaho blanket patterns and underscore the scene’s southwestern setting.

Anne Bolin, Ph.D.
Department of Graphic Design & Visual Arts