One of South Dakota’s greatest visual artists didn’t consider himself to be an “artist” at all. Rather, Manchester, South Dakota native Harvey Dunn—like other masters of the Golden Age of Illustration, such as Howard Pyle and Norman Rockwell—dubbed himself a “mere” illustrator. But as is the case with those other masters, Dunn’s works reveal that however his profession might best be described, the fruits of his labor capture, with a breathtaking and moving lucidity, the subjects of his works. And in Dunn’s case, all of his work—from paintings of prairie scenes, to drawings of doughboys in World War I, to the school he created—is etched, often literally and always metaphorically, with his deep, lifelong ties to South Dakota.
By: Lindsay Hindman
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