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Definace depicts the Rendezvous in Peer’s Hole, Idaho. It was the only Rendezvous held outside the state of Wyoming, and was perhaps the last ever Rendezvous.

John Clymer wrote, “Ever since the war we had been making trips west in the summer. We kept studying the country and learning as much as we could about the early history of the places we visited. I was becoming less and less interested in magazine assignments and deadlines and more and more interested in painting wildlife and subjects of my own choosing. I had been exhibiting with Grand Central Art Galleries in New York City, and they were selling my pictures. After one of the trips to Montana I did my first historical painting. When I took it in to Grand Central they weren’t at all sure they could sell it. However, in about a week someone came in and bought it. The next day another person came in and said, ‘Where’s that history painting you had here the other day?’ …The time had come, I decided, to finish up my remaining commitments and to make a clean break. Working on illustrations would only interfere with all the things I wanted to record. I was now going to be a full-time painter.”

PROVENANCE
O’Brien’s Art Emporium, Scottsdale, AZ
The Collection of Arthur J. Stegall, Jr., 1990
[Christie’s, New York, May 21, 2008, lot 118]
Private Collection, 2008

EXHIBITIED
The West: Artists and Illustrators, Tucson Art Center, Tucson, AZ, Feb 4 - Mar 5, 1972, no. 19

LITERATURE
Exhibition catalog, The West: Artists and Illustrators (Tucson, AZ: Tucson Art Center, 1972), no. 19, illustrated

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