The Anschutz Collection

The artwork on view at the American Museum of Western Art represents a cross section of paintings that survey the art of the American West from the early 19th century through the age of industrialization.  During the relatively short period of history illustrated by this collection, the West was transformed from Indian territory unknown to most inhabitants of the eastern United States into a settled region.  Within only 90 years after the Louisiana Purchase, the “Old West” of Indian buffalo hunters, mountain men, pioneers, gold-seekers, and open-range cowboys had passed into history.

The Anschutz Collection surveys the history of the development of American Art as it pertains to the West and provides examples from all of the schools that contributed to that development.  The schools and genres of art represented in the Collection include:

Expeditionary Artists

The Hudson River and Rocky Mountain Schools

Narrative Artists

California Painters

Interpreters of the Old West

Golden Age of Illustration

Taos and Santa Fe Schools

Modernist Art in the West


Cubism and Abstraction

American Scene Painters

New Deal Art (The Federal Art Projects)

Abstract Expressionism

The Anschutz Collection represents more than a century of western history and ever-evolving artistic style.  Although the individual experience, technique, and vision of these painters vary, their collective message is clear:  the American West has ever been, and remains, an inexhaustible source of inspiration to artists. Indisputably, the course of American art has been enriched and significantly changed by its “Western Experience.”


©2014 American Museum of Western Art–The Anschutz Collection

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