Treasures of the Old West: Paintings and Sculpture from the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art Exhibition Organised by Denver Art Museum - Peter H. HassrickNew York: Harry N. Abrams, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates ;
From the cover: “The golden legend of the American Wild West captivated some of our greatest artists, and they have portrayed the spirit, vigour, and rugged beauty of the frontier in a rich legacy of paintings and sculptures. Their genius was never more apparent than in the masterpieces shown in this handsome volume. These remarkable works, all from the celebrated Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, narrate the opening of the American West and record the untrammelled scenery of an untamed land.
To view the paintings by the artists who depicted the West is to experience history in the making. The many beautifully reproduced works in this book provide an absorbing visual guide to the American scene during its legendary pioneering days. Albert Bierstadt, George Catlin, Alfred Jacob Miller, Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, and Charles Russell are just some of the painters included here whose work has come to represent our national heritage.
The extraordinary progression of the art of the West in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is fascinatingly recounted in the text by Peter H. Hassrick, director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody Wyoming. Most American artists were drawn to one of the two major forces that energized creative expression: the narrative tradition, which relates the drama of everyday life on the frontier and tells the story of the pioneering West, and the landscape tradition, which exalts the beauty of nature. The author illuminates the paintings and sculptures with many intriguing excerpts from the letters and diaries of the artists themselves and from contemporary publications.
Treasures of the Old West recreates the rough and tumble existence of the frontiersmen and -women, providing glimpses into the rich and varied culture of the Indians and regaling the reader/viewer with scenes of tranquil mountain lakes and breathtaking panoramas unfettered by the debris of modern civilization. Devotees of the Old West — historians and students included — will welcome the opportunity to see the magnificent works that record and interpret the time and the place and to learn about the artists who created these treasured documents of our history.”