THE END OF A CLASSIC ERA by Les Kouba
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THE END OF A CLASSIC ERA by Les Kouba is a rare print with an image size of 15” X 23” plus full margins in an edition of 2000. This print has been pencil signed and numbered by the artist.
It is one piece from the set of six (6) prints created by Les Kouba, over the period of 1982 – 1985, known as “The American Classic Series”. All prints were published in editions of 2000 plus a few Artist’s Proofs and Printer’s Proofs. The titles of the six prints are as follows and they are listed separately.
FALL PLOWING – Available signed and unsigned
SHARPTAILS AT HARVEST TIME – Available signed and numbered and signed Printer’s Proofs
OUT AT THE OLD SAW RIG – Available unsigned only
CORN PICKIN’ IN THE 1930’S – Available signed and unsigned
ANTELOPE IN RANCH COUNTRY – Available signed and numbered and signed Printer’s Proofs
THE END OF A CLASSIC ERA – Available signed and unsigned
Note the picture of Les Kouba painting one of his famous pieces, “In Shelter”.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Les was a good man. He was talented and strived hard to create exceptional paintings. He had an extraordinary sense of humor and was really fun to work with and be around. He was also a kind and generous man. As I wrote in one of his epitaphs, “Above all, Kouba was an artist whose first hand knowledge of the images he painted made his art both relatable and believable”.
He did a lot of homework studying and photographing his subject matter and how they lived and survived in their environment. This is why they so often tell a story or provide a nostalgic memory.
I always like the words he used describing his painting, “By the Country Store”. You have perhaps read this before but the following is ‘Classic Kouba’:
“By The Country Store”
In 1939, Les Kouba was working his way around America painting Coca-Cola signs. Although it was always his final goal to become a wildlife painter:
“I had to pay my dues and obtain basic training wherever I could. The Country Store was a headquarters for the whole community; often including a post-office, a bus depot and a center of activity for the whole community. Just as we now have Classic Coca-Cola, this is a painting in remembrance of vintage Classic America. We share a lament for what we as a people have lost from these earlier times, but as long as the wild geese fly overhead, we can share their faith and hope for the future” .
Through his art, people remember great times and places, and the way it was before the fast pace and loss of values we frequently experience in present times.