The American West in Bronze 1850-1925 by Thayer Tolles & Thomas Brent Smith

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The American West in Bronze 1850-1925 by Thayer Tolles & Thomas Brent Smith

4to. pp. xv, 192. 222 colour illustrations. chronology. artists' biographies. bibliography. index. hardcover. dw. (fine condition). New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014.

ISBN-10: 0300197438 / ISBN-13: 9780300197433 


Themes of the American West have been enduringly popular, and The American West in Bronze features sixty-five iconic bronzes that display a range of subjects, from portrayals of the noble Indian to rough-and-tumble scenes of rowdy cowboys to tributes to the pioneers who settled the lands west of the Mississippi. Fascinating texts offer a fresh look at the roles that artists played in creating interpretations of the “vanishing West”—whether based on fact, fiction, or something in-between. These artists, including Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, embody a range of life experiences and artistic approaches. Some grew up in the West and based their artwork on first-hand experience, while others never set foot west of the Rockies. Four thematic sections—Indians, animals, cowboys, and settlers—are illustrated with new photography and provide a cultural overview to the works presented. Also included are biographies of the artists, each illustrated with a vintage portrait, plus an illustrated chronology of historical and artistic events.