Painters of the Wasatch Mountains

Painters of the Wasatch Mountains

by Thomas Rugh, Robert S. Olpin, Thomas F. Rugh, Ann W. Orton
     
 

A distinct painting development with regard to the American West's Wasatch Range emerged in the nineteenth century and persists even today. These "painters of the Wasatch" have set many precedents through their artistic interpretations of this mountain subject matter. Painters of the Wasatch Mountains presents for the first time a survey of the gamut of painters who… See more details below

Overview

A distinct painting development with regard to the American West's Wasatch Range emerged in the nineteenth century and persists even today. These "painters of the Wasatch" have set many precedents through their artistic interpretations of this mountain subject matter. Painters of the Wasatch Mountains presents for the first time a survey of the gamut of painters who formed and have carried forward an expression of nature's mighty gift to both visitors and residents of Utah.

As natural successor to the Hudson River School in the East, the "Wasatch school" persists because of the values we associate with that first of America's art movements-a dedication to place, a careful study, and interpretation of the environment in a spiritual and cultural context. The Painters of the Wasatch are not defined by a particular style or medium but by a physical presence that has unlimited appeal and inspiration.

Over 300 artworks are included, from the earliest examples of painting in the nineteenth century to works by Utah's contemporary artists. Also included are brief biographies of each artist, with occasional stylistic analysis.

Artists featured in this book include:

William Warner Major

Frank Ward Kent

Dan Weggeland

James T. Harwood

John W. Clawson

Edwin Evans

Lee Greene Richards

John Tullidge

Lawrence Squires

Valoy Eaton

LeConte Stewart

Mahonri Young

John H. Stansfield

Hal Burrows

Waldo Midgley

Maynard Dixon

Joseph A. F. Everett

Francis L. Horspool

Alice Merrill Horne

Dean Fausett

Dennis Phillips

Tom Leek

Gary E. Smith

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
From the mid-19th century to the present, Utah's Wasatch painters have viewed the land around them as a physical and spiritual environment, and while their styles may differ, the essence of their landscapes remains the same. The works in this book, whose publication precedes an exhibition at the Utah Museum of Art & History, range from the bucolic scenes of C.A. Christensen (1831-1912) to the van Gogh-like works of Dennis Smith (b. 1942). The late Olpin (art history, emeritus, Univ. of Utah) discusses the painters, writer Ann W. Orton provides a geologic guide to the hills and valleys, and Thomas F. Rugh (Board of the Utah Museum of Art & History) offers a brief history of the development of the movement. But it is the portfolio of 300 images that allows readers the clearest glimpse of the Wasatch mountains. This large-scale work-the first in a series on the art of the West and the collections of the Utah Museum of Art & History-will make a fine addition to collections dealing with American art and the development of the West.-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586858506
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
11/29/2005
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
1,054,570
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.18(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Robert S. olpin , Ph.D. a professor of Art History, has been a consultant to organizations like the National Gallery and Vose Galleries.

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Introduction

A distinct painting development with regard to the American west's Wasatch Range emerged in the nineteenth century and persists even today. These "Painters of the Wasatch" have had several motives and have established many precedents through their artistic interpretations of this mountain subject matter. This book presents for the first time a survey of those early painters who formed and have carried forward an expression of nature's mighty gift to both visitors and residents of Utah.

The Rocky Mountain School and Painters of the Wasatch were related, but not as a national phenomenon in the first instance and not merely one of its "regional" echoes in the second. The distinct painting development connected with Utah's Wasatch that emereged in the nineteenth century is directly, and by each generation, linked to landscape paintings being done even today. This book presents for the first time a sequence of painted scenes firmly positioned within the context of ordered Wasatch environments; the artists who form this group we call Painters of the Wasatch.

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