Painters and the American West:
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By Philip F. Anschutz
Painters and the American West: Volume I
This book, published in 2000, offers a connoisseur’s tour of one of the finest collections of paintings of the American West. The Anschutz Collection covers all the ground expected in a wide-ranging, major survey, yet still has plenty of room for surprises. Every phase in the history of American art since the 1820s is included. There are pictures of impressive quality by lesser-known artists and examples from all the major painters who have depicted the West. You’ll discover works by artists such as Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Jan Matulka, and John Henry Twachtman, who painted western subjects only rarely, and pictures by those whose subjects were predominantly western. The collection is particularly rich in paintings made in Taos and Santa Fe during the first half of the twentieth century, when major American artists often found inspiration and stylistic renewal in the Southwest. Among the American masters represented here are George Bellows, Albert Bierstadt, George Caleb Bingham, Ernest Blumenschein, George Catlin, Stuart Davis, Asher B. Durand, George Inness, John Marin, Alfred Jacob Miller, Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell, and Walter Ufer.
Painters and the American West: Volume II
Painters and the American West: Volume II, published in 2013, is a companion and sequel to the award-winning Painters and the American West: The Anschutz Collection, which was published in 2000. The present volume includes the finest works featured in the earlier book, along with major recent acquisitions by Alfred Jacob Miller, Charles Deas, William Ranney, Emanuel Leutze, Thomas Eakins, Thomas Anshutz, Henry Farny, N.C. Wyeth, William Herbert “Buck” Dunton, Edward Hopper, and many others.
In 2010, the Anschutz Collection became the American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection, a public museum. In the foreword to this book, Sarah Hunt, Director of the Museum, tells the story of the collection’s transition from a closely held treasure to an educational and aesthetic resource for Denver and western art enthusiasts everywhere. In the book’s introductory essay, distinguished scholar and curator John Wilmerding provides a cultural and literary context for the museum’s holdings, which include exemplary works by virtually every significant painter of the American West from the 1820s through the mid-20th century. Historical essays by acclaimed historian James P. Ronda introduce the six chapters of the book, setting the stage for in-depth examinations of individual masterworks by Joan Carpenter Troccoli.
Scholars have brought new insight to Western American art in the past decade, and the European view of the Western experience as a defining characteristic of American history and culture is beginning to take hold among art historians on this side of the Atlantic. Western American art is shedding its outsider status and assuming its rightful place as an integral component of the history of American art–and American life. The one hundred and fifty masterful images from over a century of painting that are showcased in this book expand our understanding of the place of the American West in the story of humankind.
Out Where the West Begins
Between 1800 and 1920, an extraordinary cast of bold innovators and entrepreneurs—individuals such as Cyrus McCormick, Brigham Young, Henry Wells and James Fargo, Fred Harvey, Levi Strauss, Adolph Coors, J. P. Morgan, and Buffalo Bill Cody—helped lay the groundwork for what we now call the American West. They were people of imagination and courage, adept at maneuvering the rapids of change, alert to opportunity, persistent in their missions.
They had big ideas they were not afraid to test. They stitched the country together with the first transcontinental railroad, invented the Model A and built the roads it traveled on, raised cities and supplied them with water and electricity, established banks for immigrant populations, entertained the world with film and showmanship, and created a new form of western hospitality for early travelers. Not all were ideal role models. Most, however, once they had made their fortunes, shared them in the form of cultural institutions, charities, libraries, parks, and other amenities that continue to enrich lives in the West today.
Out Where the West Begins, by Colorado businessman and entrepreneur, Philip F. Anschutz with William J. Convery and Thomas J. Noel, profiles some fifty of these individuals, tracing the arcs of their lives, exploring their backgrounds and motivations, identifying their contributions, and analyzing the strategies they developed to succeed in their chosen fields.