|Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii, c 1949|
|Peter Hurd, N. A., 1904 – 1984|
|Watercolor on Paper|
|23″ x 29″|
This painting was most likely done during and separate from the historical works painted in Hawaii, commissioned by Amfac.
100 YEARS OF PROGRESS: a Series of ten Scenes Depicting the Varied Phases of Hawaii’s Progress Painted for American Factors 100 year in business. 1849-1949, based on sources in the “Honolulu Archives, the Bishop Museum, the Library of Hawaii and the Honolulu Academy of Arts” “Printed in Hawaii for American Factors, Ltd, by Peter Hurd, NA”
Appointed to the US Militray Academy, he resigned in 1923.
He attended Haverford College, 1923-24, but left to be a private non-paying pupil of N.C. Wyeth.
He lived in Wyeth’s barn at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania for three years, also studying at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art.
Hurd worked as an illustrator, particularly for books.
In 1929, he married Wyeth’s daughter, Henriette, a professional painter and sister of Andrew Wyeth.
By 1931, Hurd was living on a ranch in New Mexico.
In 1935, he began painting in tempera. “An impeccable craftsmanship modeled the flanks of New Mexico hills and drew the cowboys raising dust in rodeos under a glittering June sky.” National recognition followed a Life article.
He became a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1942.
During WWII, he was a war correspondent for Life. By 1958, he was appointed to the President’s Commission of Fine Arts. His official portrait of President Johnson for the White House collection was rejected by the president and is now in the National Portrait Gallery.
In the 1960s, Hurd turned to watercolors.
Source: Peggy and Harold Samuels, The Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West