Armin C. Hansen, N.A. (1886-1957)

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Armin C. Hansen, N.A. -
Armin C. Hansen, N.A. - Armin C. Hansen, N.A. -
"Over the Top"
9" x 14 3/8"
Etching and drypoint
Signed L. R.
Plate: Signed and dated, lower right: Armin Hansen '31. Titled in pencil lower left; signed in pencil lower right.

Dedicated lower right: 'To my friend Harry ...

Illustrated: 'The Graphic Art of Armin C. Hansen, A Catalogue Raisonne' by Anthony R. White/1986. Plate 127, page 142.

In the fall of 1931, Hansen accepted a commission from the Pebble Beach Riding Club for a painting of horses in a steeplechase, which would serve as inspiration for the etching and drypoint “Over the Top”. Not only did the print do well in terms of sales, but in the summer of 1932, it won an Honorable Mention in the Competition and Exhibition of Art held in conjunction with the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles; catalogue #911, page 58. For Hansen, the rodeo scenes and horse imagery harkened back to his father. “There’s only one way I can account for the horses,” he explained. “My father, who was a painter before me, made quite a success with frontier subjects.”