The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925
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The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925

By (author) Thayer Tolles , By (author) Thomas B. Smith , Contributions by Carol Clark , Contributions by Brian W. Dippie , Contributions by Peter H. Hassrick , Contributions by Karen Lemmey , Contributions by Jessica Murphy

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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.

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 251.46 x 271.78 x 22.86mm | 1,559.98g
  • 14 Jan 2014
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven
  • English
  • 245 colour images + black-&-white illustrations
  • 0300197438
  • 9780300197433
  • 1,635,606

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Thomas Brent Smith is director, Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum. Thayer Tolles is curator, The American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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"Must-have book for lovers of bronze sculpture and Western Art."-Maine Antique Digest -- M.A.D Staff Main Antique Digest

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