The West as a Romantic Horizon
A great book that presents a fine selection paintings by Karl Bodmer (1809-1893) and Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874). Both of these artists were some of the first people to document the American Indians in the 19th century. Also presented are works from more than 30 lesser know artists from the period. There are lots of great little line drawings of pipe bowls, clubs, parfleche, and more. This is a very nice, high quality book.
Please note that this book is out of print. We were able to obtain a small quantity but these are limited to stock on hand. Mint, new condition books.
Here is an excerpt from the inside cover:
The West As Romantic Horizon underscores the visual beauty and the artistic and historical significance of the art of the Western frontier. A testament to the variety and importance of this art, the thirty-eight color plates are a visual representation of the works in the collections of The InterNorth Art Foundation on permanent loan to the Joslyn Art Museum/Center for Western Studies. By locating the art of Western America in the context of major historical trends in nineteenth century Europe and America, The West As Romantic Horizon proposes a new artistic and historical interpretation of Western art. In his essay, "The West as Romantic Horizon," William H. Goetzmann reveals that the artists who depicted the wilderness frontiers played an important role in the development of nineteenth century romanticism in the United States and Europe. When artists attuned to the sensibilities of romanticism confronted the American wilderness and encountered the American Indians, their experience had a dramatic impact on their art and on romanticism itself. Professor Goetzmann also explores the intriguing role of the artists as both participants in and witnesses to the vanishing frontier.
128 pp — ©1981