Peter Hurd's charcoal studies

In order to create a large work, like a mural or fresco on a wall, artists must plan and prepare.

This is can be achieved through charcoal studies that work out compositional elements for the final version. Renowned New Mexico artist Peter Hurd created several charcoal studies to help create his 1952 mural, "The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare for It." Hurd's use of rural farming and ranching subject matter and his distinctive style brought the artist prominence and fame.

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