Art of the American West (2015) by National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumNational Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The Vivid West
From the romantic landscapes of Albert Bierstadt to the dramatic world of Fredric Remington, the paintings, sculptures, and drawings in the Art of the American West Gallery tell an epic tale of human determination, triumph, and tragedy.
Emigrants Crossing the Plains (1867) by Albert Bierstadt (1830 1902)National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
On an expedition in 1859, German artist Albert Bierstadt fell in love with the American West. This led to a series of panoramic paintings that established him as a proponent of the "romantic sublime."
Bierstadt declared the American Rockies to be the equal of the European Alps.
Minute details combined with moody, deistic lighting won Bierstadt fame and fortune.
Although he placed a cow skull and bones prominently in the foreground of the painting, Bierstadt downplayed the harsh realities of the journey, creating idealized visions of a westward migration.
In 1892, art critic William Coffin noted that more than any other source, Frederic Remington’s paintings were chiefly responsible for easterners’ conceptions of what the Far‑Western life is like.
The Buffalo Signal (1901) by Frederic Remington (1861 1909)National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The Museum's collection holds seven of Remington's bronze subjects, including "The Buffalo Signal," which is a unique cast Remington gifted to his friend French Devereux.
The bronze represents the moment at which an Indian scout waves a buffalo robe, signaling the beginning of the hunt.
Come explore the West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Exhibit produced by,
John Spencer, Director of Media & Content Production, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Grant Leatherwood, Manager of Media & Content Production, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.