The Wild West- Samuel Carpenter

This gallery, The Wild West, includes works of art looking at the frontier. It includes paintings from great artist such as Frank Tenny Johnson, Fredrick Remington, Charles M. Russell, Albert Bierstadt, Charles Wimar, and Henry Farny, showing the intensity, roughness, and somewhat majestic beauty of the Wild West. These artist based the beautiful works of art through their own experiences and views of the frontier life.

Rough Riding Rancheros depicts ranch hands out on the prairie at night rounding up the cattle. Frank Tenny Johnson’s use of oil on canvas is breathtaking. He achieves the look of moonlight with the oil paints, which is hard to do. With curved brush strokes he also achieves the feel of movement, making the viewer feel as if the Rancheros are really moving.
At Rest depicts traveling Indians at rest on their ride. This painting almost impressionistic uses bright colors to grab the viewer’s attention. There is a great balance through out the space of the painting. The use of placement and scale between the foreground and the background adds a great depth to the painting.
Sign Of The Buffalo Scout depicts an Indian scout out on the plain looking for buffalo. The buffalo skull placed on the rock is a sign to other Indians that there is buffalo near. The use of warm colors gives the feeling of a sunset after a long day on the range looking for buffalo. The use of shadow from the rock and skull tend to work as a vector line that draws the viewer’s eye to the Indian.
Emigrants Crossing the Plains is a beautiful picture of emigrants moving west across America. It shows them moving towards the bright setting sun almost as if to show that the idea of the people was that out west is hope of a new and wonderful life. Also on the right of the painting are mountains and rocks and on the left are green trees as if to show that the west is a prosperous life. The use of light and shadow gives not only depth to the painting but also guides the viewer to focus on what is important to focus on in the painting.
Wildman’s Truce shows a frontiers man showing the group of other wild men that he comes in piece and means no harm to them. Wild men lived off the land together in the frontier. Placing the man with his hand up on the horizon line was a way to give the figure some importance so that he would be the focus of the painting. The use of bright colors gives the painting a happy lighthearted feeling.
When the Mules Wear Diamonds depicts men running mules and horses through the mountains. The use of harsh lines depicts a feeling of roughness to the picture, giving the rocky land texture. The use of the mountains on the side of the painting coming down to the point in the valley, guides your eyes to the mules moving across the rocks.
Buffalo Hunt shows Indians hunting buffalo on the range with their bow and arrows. The use of wavy lines for the hair really gives a feeling of movement in the picture. The size of the buffalo compared to the size of the Indian on the horse really gives an idea of the size of the majestic animal.
Morning Of A New Day shows an Indian tribe that is on the move through the snowy mountains of the west. The brightness of the snow on the land acts as a great contrast to the clothes of the Indians and their horses. There is a great balance to the painting with the placement of the hills in the space of the canvas.
Smoke Talk shows Indians making smoke signals on the top of the mountain in the early morning. Smoke signals were used as a way to communicate over long distances. The use of bright colors, such as purple, helps to give the effect that the sun is on the horizon. The large scaling of the Indians in the foreground as opposed to the smaller scaled mountains in the background give the effect of depth.
The Leader’s Downfall is a painting showing the Indians trying to lasso wild horses on the prairie. The reason it is titled The Leader’s Downfall is because they are lassoing the horse that is leading the pack. This was done to throw the pack off, making it easier to wrangle the other horses. There is a real good use of movement in the painting. The lasso being thrown by the Indian in the foreground acts as a vector line to the leading horse, giving some direction to the viewer in this somewhat chaotic picture.
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