Alexandre Hogue ( American, 1898 - 1994 )
The prairie dog was despised by Texas farmers for digging holes that threatened to break the legs of horses and livestock. For Prairie Dog, Hogue borrowed the small animal from Drouth Survivors but zooms in on it, placing the creature in a grassland environment rather than the sand dunes of the Dust Bowl. Providing a closer look at these furry, troublesome creatures, Hogue details the prairie dog’s soft coat, facial features, and large back claws. In the background, more holes and a second prairie dog suggest a larger population.
Sue Canterbury, Alexandre Hogue: The Erosion Series, Label text, 2014.