Though born in Charleston, South Carolina, Edward Henry Lamson was sent to live with cousins in New York after the death of his parents when he was only seven. He studied art in New York and Philadelphia, and then in Paris under the tutelage of Charles Gleyre and Gustave Courbet at roughly the same time as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Returning to America in 1862, he served as a clerk aboard a Union transport ship during the Civil War. After the war, he opened a successful studio in New York, specializing in genre paintings like "What Luck." Genre painters,...
Created by: Henry, E.L.
Once his success as an artist allowed him to retire from his duties as a cowboy, Russell delighted in making an annual fall hunting trip with several friends. He refused to kill game on these trips, however, choosing instead to enjoy viewing it in the wild and storing up observations for his art. This image is from an incident that actually occurred on one of these expeditions. Crossing the South Fork of the Flathead River, the bell mare in the lead caught scent of a grizzly on the far shore and turned back in a panic, causing the entire pack...
In most of Russell's paintings involving Native Americans, his sympathies are clearly with the Indians rather than the white men. He once wrote to a friend: I remember one day we were looking at a buffalo carcus and you said Russ I wish I was a Sioux Indian a hundred years ago and I said me to Ted thairs a pair of us [.] I have often made that wish since and if the buffalo would come back tomorrow I wouldent be slow shedding a brich clout [breechcloth]. . . This included sharing much of their sense of humor regarding...
The Hudson River School acquired its name from a critic who intended it as a sly dig at the fact that the early painters of the movement painted scenes in and around the White Mountains, Peekskills, and Adirondacks of upper New York and New England. Later members of the school found themselves traveling farther and farther west; the actual location was always less important than the evocation of an unspoiled landscape as in this painting of "White Mountains, Mt. Chocorua" by the father of the movement, Thomas Cole (1779-1851).
Created by: Cole, Thomas
Artist and adventurer, Guy Coheleach has often let his quest for authenticity lead him into dangerous encounters, including being run down by an elephant while filming a PBS documentary on his work. Born in New York, Coheleach trained at the Cooper Union School of Art, but it's the broad international array of his animal subjects that have made him one of the most popular wildlife artists in the world. In "White on White: Snowy Owl," he demonstrates his mastery of a sophisticated and difficult painting technique while also celebrating a domestic species.
Created by: Coheleach, Guy
Scholar Brian Dippie has identified this sculpture, sometimes entitled The Fallen Rider, as based upon an actual incident that Remington witnessed. Angry about being thrown, the cowboy tries to pull the horse to the ground by its ear. Remington explained that the rider did himself no favors; the horse reacted with a lashing kick that was fatal to the cowboy. Sand cast by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company, this early piece demonstrates Remington's constant obsession with issues of balance, the horse supported in its throes by only three points of contact at its two front hooves and its nose. Like most...
Created by: Remington, Frederic