Olaf Wieghorst
A Collection of Calendar Art
and Commercial Art Prints

  Bucking at Camp

This colorful calendar print depicts a cowboy having a little trouble with his mount at the roundup camp. It looks as though he picked one from the "rough string." The artist used this motif in a number of his early calendar and commercial art paintings. At least two calendar prints were made, one titled "Bucking at Camp," and the other titled "Morning Breakdown.".

From the Calendar: Morning Breakdown: The life of a cowboy in the days of the colorful Old West was a combination of hard work and excitement. His day began at the break of dawn when familiar objects were only silhouettes against the horizon. But the life was exciting and competitive. There was keen competition amongst the cowboys as to who was the top rider. The cowboy that could stay atop the roughest broncs the longest won the top honor and became known as the rider of the "rough string." This was an honor highly regarded and envied by all. And as a reward for his ability, he was given, as his string of horses, the roughest, buckingest broncs in the herd. The "rough string rider" earned his honor. Every morning prior to range duty he would select one of these spirited broncs and break it down before it could be used effectively on the range. This was an honor in the days of the Old West.

Sizes I have found:
12 x 16 inches
18 x 25 1/2 inches

From a 1954 painting titled: “The Rough String Rider”
Oil on canvas, 28 x 38 inches.

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"A Collectors Guide to the
Prints of Olaf Wieghorst"


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