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George Catlin's American Buffaloby Adam Duncan. Harris
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Presenting forty major oil paintings by George Catlin from the mid-late 1830s, this volume re-examines the legacy of this complex artist. Many of Catlin's paintings were produced following his 1832 expedition down the Missouri River, past the prairie lands of Oklahoma, where he witnessed the landscape blackened by millions of bison. On one level Catlin's paintings offer an insight into nineteenth-century American ideas about the land and animals of the continent. But he was also the first to champion the notion of a national park to protect the buffalo and Native American people, that he portrayed so vividly in his paintings.Accompanies a major travelling exhibition: National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY, May 10, 2013and#150;August 25, 2013; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, October 1, 2013and#150;December 29, 2013; Wichita Art Museum, KS, February 1, 2014and#150;May 11, 2014; Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL, October 4, 2014and#150;January 1, 2015; Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, NC, February 12, 2015and#150;May 3, 2015
Re-examines Catlin's art and his vision of a and#147;nationand#8217;s parkand#8221; to protect the buffalo and native American people
Presents 40 major oil paintings by Catlin dating to the mid-late 1830s. Many produced following his expedition down the Missouri River in 1832 past the prairie lands of Oklahoma, where he witnessed first-hand the landscaped blackened by millions of bison, this volume re-examines the art and legacy of this complicated artist, who championed the idea of a national park.
About the Author
Adam Duncan Harris has been the Petersen Curator of Art and Research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since 2000. He received a B.A. from Brown University before continuing on to the University of Wyoming for an M.A. in American Studies. He finished his academic studies at the University of Minnesota, where he received a Ph.D. in Art History. At the National Museum of Wildlife Art, he has written extensively on wildlife art.
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