National Buffalo Museum – Bid for Bison Online Art Auction
Auction Ends: Dec 4, 2023 11:59 PM CST


Thundering Herd by Bill Freeman, Framed Print 552/1000

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Estimated Value
$750 USD
$375 USD to rs1f01632

The winning bid will go to FrontStream Global Fund (tax ID 26-3265577), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which will send the donation to National Buffalo Museum (tax ID 450421252) on behalf of the winner.

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1  -  Bid History

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Item Description

Print of artwork by Bill Freeman titled "Thundering Herd", 1972.

Numbered 552/1000, signed in bottom left corner.

The artwork features a bison stampede in an arid landscape. Wood frame with glass panel.

45'' x 30'' x 2''

Donated by: Diane Williams

Condition: Mint

More about this piece:

The artwork presented is a framed painting depicting a dynamic scene of bison charging across a desert landscape. The bison are rendered with a high degree of realism, their fur textures and muscular forms carefully detailed to convey power and movement. Dust appears to be kicked up under their hooves, adding to the impression of their mass and speed.

The setting is a classic Western desert scene, with sparse vegetation, such as sagebrush, and rolling hills in the background, which suggests the vastness and ruggedness of the American West. The sky above is soft, possibly indicating early morning or late afternoon light, casting gentle shadows and contributing to the depth and three-dimensionality of the composition.

The frame is substantial and ornate, with elements that echo the Western aesthetic of the painting itself, potentially crafted to enhance the overall theme. It includes geometric patterns on the matting, which could be reminiscent of Native American designs, tying the piece to a broader cultural context.

Overall, this artwork captures a moment of wild, untamed nature in motion and reflects themes of freedom and the enduring spirit of the American frontier. It would likely appeal to collectors interested in wildlife art, Western American themes, or the natural history of the bison.

More about the Artist:

Bill Freeman (1927 - ): A well respected western artist who has a great appreciation for the land, after riding horses as a cowboy for 12 years as well a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. He uses this knowledge and experience to create realistic depictions with his pallet knife, that were first published by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. His art has also appeared in The Cowboy in Art, Contemporary Wester Artists, Outdoor Arizona, and many esteemed museums, where it is enjoyed by critics and collectors alike. Bill Freeman's artworks have sold for very high prices at major auction houses, and even more in Galleries around the world. 


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