17. What we talk about when we talk about Western Art

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Brian W. Dippie

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch17

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Dippie, B. W. (2011) What we talk about when we talk about Western Art, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch17

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • varieties and forms - determining, what we mean by western art, the first order of business;
  • diversity, watchword in keeping - with social history agenda of “New Western History”;
  • definition of the West - in defining western art;
  • the West, in western art constituting a region - defined by culture, and Goetzmann's phrase “the West of the Imagination”;
  • Western art, forcing an often - uncomfortable confrontation with the American past;
  • George Catlin, the best known painter - of the Indian, in the nineteenth century;
  • Carl Wimar, a St. Louis painter - transitional figure in western art;
  • the wilderness, nature in the raw, from God's hand - fascinating American artists, its sublime beauty;
  • Remington and Russell, and retrospective outlook - the West, synonymous with a time as well as a place;
  • photography's reliance on art - finding, its most familiar western example, in early twentieth century

Summary

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  • References and Further Reading