This large panoramic landscape of flat arid prairie giving way to imposing mountains and evening sky above is brought down to human scale with a ranch, road, and truck commanding a central presence in the composition. The road begins at the lower right, swings out to the left and then circles back to the house. A pickup truck approaches along the road and leaves a storm of dust behind it. This peaceful depiction of man in a comfortable relation to his environment is compatibly executed with a delicate touch and meticulous technique.


  • Title: Evening in the Sierras
  • Creator: Peter Hurd
  • Date Created: 1938/1939
  • Physical Dimensions: 24 1/4 x 42 in
  • Provenance: Gift from the artist, NA diploma presentation, February 3, 1947
  • Type: Painting, Egg tempera on gessoed panel
  • Medium: Egg tempera on gessoed panel

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