Hounds and Coyote
BY JOHN STEUART CURRY
CURRY IS FASCINATED by animals, whether tamed or wild.
In 1932, he followed “The Greatest Show on Earth,”
and made several superb circus pictures and lithographs.
Curry himself considers Hounds and Coyote one of his best lithographs.
The three animals are vessels of the most violent action, and
there is real untrammeled ferocity in this Kansas night scene. The coyote,
an animal of great swiftness and considerable cunning,
rarely allows itself to get within such close range of dogs, and
undoubtedly the encounter Curry represents is not of the coyote’s seeking.
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But, as we can see, it is a nasty customer when cornered,
though it much prefers staying in the rut ~fits cowardly ways. The long,
lean anatomy of the combatants is effective in enhancing the rapid movement of the composition.