Plowing the Valley of The Great Salt Lake


Mahonri Macintosh Young, 1930

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Mahonri Macintosh Young, 1930

A flapping cloud of exuberant seagulls circles around a father and son as they till their Utah field. With the hope that accompanies a new planting season, the father pushes the plow deep into the earth while the son guides the horses. Birds swoop about, snatching at fresh worms and squawking in their excite-ment. The blue mountains remind us of the expansive land beyond their farm, while a simple split rail fence suggests the accomplishments they are striving to build upon. Although he lived in New York and Connecticut for much of his life, Mahonri Young was born and raised in Salt Lake City. Known as Utah’s most prominent artist during his life, he was recognized for his paintings, etchings, and especially his sculptures. Many of Young’s paintings celebrate his Western roots, depicting the rugged territory and the ambitious workers who chose to settle there. (People in a Hard Land: Iconic Images of Life in the American West – April 6, 2012 – April 13, 2013)

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Canvas, Paper


10" x 3.9", 14" x 5.5", 21" x 8.2", 30" x 11.7", 36" x 14.1"


Black, Champagne, Espresso, Natural, Print Only


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