Grizzly bears were encountered on numerous occasions during Miller’s trip into the Far West. To the artist, they were remarkable, unique zoological specimens. Miller described these magnificent creatures as being twice the size of a black bear and featuring an “elongated, narrowed, and flattened muzzle.” “Their hair is longer and finer, but varies in color from dusky grey to dark brown.” (Ross, 32)
This engaging portrait of a dark brown beast seems to be a singular affair. Virtually all of Miller’s other paintings of grizzly bears picture them as part of a hunting scene, understandably, of course, as his patron’s favorite sporting diversion was the pursuit of these bruins.
Peter H. Hassrick
The artist; [?]; [Edward Eberstadt and Sons, New York, NY]; H.J. Lutcher Stark, Orange, TX, 1959; present owner: Nelda C. and H.J Lutcher Stark Foundation, Orange, Texas, by bequest, 1965, accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art, 1978