Painters and the American West—the Anschutz Collection
Joan Carpenter Troccoli
Denver Art Museum
Yale University Press, New Haven
First edition, hardcover, 2000, 218 pages, profusely illustrated
This book was published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Denver Art Museum and shown at the following venues between 2000 and 2003: Denver Art Museum; The Corcoran Gallery of Art; Joslyn Art Museum; and The Art Institute of Chicago.
This book offers a connoisseur's tour of one of the finest collections of paintings of the American West still in private hands. The Anschutz Collection covers all the ground expected in a wide-ranging major survey, yet still has plenty of room for surprises. Every phase in the history of American art since the 1820s is included. There are pictures of impressive quality by lesser-known artists and examples from all the major painters who have depicted the West. You’ll discover works by artists such as Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Jan Matulka, and John Henry Twachtman, who painted western subjects only rarely, and pictures by those whose subjects were predominantly western.
The collection is particularly rich in paintings made in Taos and Santa Fe during the first half of the twentieth century, when major American artists often found inspiration and stylistic renewal in the Southwest. Among the American masters represented here are George Bellows, Albert Bierstadt, George Caleb Bingham, Ernest Blumenschein, George Catlin, Stuart Davis, Asher B. Durand, George Innes, John Marin, Alfred Jacob Miller, Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederick Remington, Charles Marion Russell, and Walter Ufer.