Prairie on Fire
Prairie Fire takes the classic damsel-in-distress story line and transports it to the American West. Panicked horses and frantic riders race through a prairie as a fire rages in the background. In choosing this setting, Charles Deas drew on popular imagery in nineteenth-century visual art and literature, including James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Prairie.
Oil on canvas
28 3/4 x 35 15/16 in. (73 x 91.3 cm)
frame: 38 1/2 × 45 3/8 × 5 in. (97.8 × 115.3 × 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "1847. / C Deas."
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection
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Charles Deas (American, 1818-1867). Prairie on Fire, 1847. Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 35 15/16 in. (73 x 91.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 48.195 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.195_SL1.jpg)
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