In 1892, a special edition of Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail, originally published in 1847, was issued with 77 illustrations by Frederic Remington. Parkman's work contained some of the earliest accounts of life on the prairie and in the Rocky Mountains. He tells of riding along Scott's Bluff in Nebraska one morning with traveling companion Henry Chatillon and finding that they were approaching "Old Smoke's lodges". A warrior approached them and, after some communication, escorted them to the camp at Horse Creek. Parkman described his first sight of the chief: On the farther bank stood a large and strong man,...
Created by: Remington, Frederic
Kelly pursued many of the same coastal subjects in America that had interested him in England, like this beach "Watch House" along the Atlantic seaboard. As biographer Donald Bassatt indicates, "Striped lighthouses, buoys and bollards, signal masts and other markers, are recorded with a sharpness of observation that lends an eerie unreality to the scenes. The objects are mysterious presences." Old Watch House is clearly one of these paintings in which, as was once said of surrealist Salvador Dali, the inanimate is made animate.
Created by: Kelly, Felix
After beginning his career as a Hudson River School painter, William Trost Richards (1833-1905) made the transition to the movement that became known as luminism. While retaining a veneration for nature, luminism stressed its transcendental nature in small, quiet moments rather than emphasizing the grandeur of the wilderness and was particularly concerned with qualities of light. On the Cornish Coast features the horizontal elements, muted colors, and sense of light emanating from the canvas itself that were typical of the movement.
Created by: Richards, William Trost
After living in the Channel Islands and the art colony at St. Ives on the Cornish coast, Frederick Waugh began to make a name for himself with his English seascapes. But after two of them were rejected by the Royal Academy of Art in 1907, he returned to America where the same works met with acclaim. A later sojourn with his half-sister on the New England coast led to scenes like this one. Though countless artist have depicted the crashing waves of the North Atlantic coast, no one has been more responsible for popularizing American marine painting than Waugh, whose...
Created by: Waugh, Frederick Judd
Though he was born and pursued most of his career in Amsterdam, Jaap Weijand studied art in Paris beginning in 1908. There he absorbed the innovations in modernist painting and brought them back to Amsterdam where he soon became a committee member of the Moderne Kunstkring, an organization of Dutch modernist artists. Moving to the artists village of Bergen, Noord-Holland, he began painting in a style influenced by the Bergense School, applying color fields, as he does in Orchard in Autumn, most frequently in his favorite shades of ochre, vermilion, and indigo blue. His work clearly prefigures that of the...
Created by: Weijand, Jaap
An Oriental Beauty is an example of Orientalist painting, a movement popular in European art circles throughout the 19th century. Artists, as well as writers and designers, imitated or depicted various aspects of Eastern cultures, usually tending toward the exotic; for instance, the near nudity of Carl's subject was acceptable in this context while considered scandalous in the depiction of a European woman. The techniques used were usually a blend of Romantic expression and the careful delineation of academic painting. Especially popular among French artists, two of its exponents were leading painters of the time, Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix and...
Created by: Carl, Katherine-Augusta
Christmas card framed. This Christmas card drawn by Remington was sent by him to Mr. Ricardo Bertelli, president of the RBW, probably in 1905 (the bronze was copyrighted in May 1906). It depicts Remington and Bertelli standing beside a wax model of the bronze later known as the "Outlaw". Remington says, "Can you cast him?" and Bertelli answers, "Do you think I am one of the Wright Brothers?". At the top is the inscription "Merry Xmas Bartelli from Remington" and on the back is written "To my friend Mr. Graham: R. Bertelli."
Created by: Remington, Frederic