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On the Prairies Where Wheat Grows and the Sun Comes Up Yellow in the East

Watercolor painting, "On the Prairies..."
A watercolor of Canadian National extra 6030 at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. A black locomotive with its bright centered light illuminated appears to be heading directly at the viewer, while what is likely a grain train curves behind to the left. An elevator, signal, telegraph poles, and a wooden railroad building fill the focal plane; dry grasses are in the foreground. The upper two-thirds of the picture is filled with a black plume and a gray sky, while brighter light surrounds the train and buildings.
This is Ted Rose's first commercial watercolor, painted for his summer employer, Kalmbach Publishing Co., in 1961, when he was only 20. It appeared on the jacket of "Canadian Steam!" and has become famous. The full title is "On the Prairies, Where the Wheat Grows and the Sun Comes Up Yellow in the East." Rose also designed the book.
An incredible achievement for a college student in art. Rose's use of light to emphasize the train and other railroad elements in the picture was characteristic of his early photographs and later watercolors.
Alternate Title "Canadian Steam!" dust jacket.
Source Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Coverage Spatial, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba; Temporal, 1961
Rights Kalmbach Publishing Co., Waukesha, Wisconsin
Date Created 1961
Resource Type
Extent 14-5/8 x 20 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
Image Type Watercolor
Train Type Grain train
Creator Description Born in Milwaukee in 1940 into a family of architects, Ted Rose became enamorated with railroads at the 1949 Chicaog Railroad Fair. By 1956, he had won an art contest. Between 1956 and 1962 he traveled extensively in North America, following the last of steam. He worked summers in the art department of Kalmbach Publishing Co. His work as a fine art photograher ended then, and he turned to watercolor painting with exceptional success. He died in 2002.
Comments "Railroad Heritage" No. 15, 2005, cover.
Collection Kalmbach Publishing Co. Gallery
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