Painting Indians and Building Empires in North America, 1710-1840

Painting Indians and Building Empires in North America, 1710-1840

by William H. Truettner
     
 

The Europeans who first settled North America were endlessly intrigued by the indigenous people they found there; even before the colonials began to record the landscape, they drew and painted
Indians. This study offers a new visual perspective on westward expansion through a survey of the major
Indian images painted by Euro-American artists before and

Overview

The Europeans who first settled North America were endlessly intrigued by the indigenous people they found there; even before the colonials began to record the landscape, they drew and painted
Indians. This study offers a new visual perspective on westward expansion through a survey of the major
Indian images painted by Euro-American artists before and after the American Revolution. William H. Truettner's accessible readings of paintings by artists such as Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, Charles Bird King, and George Catlin relate these images to social and political events of the time and tell us much about how North American tribes would fare as they fought to survive during the second half of the nineteenth century.

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“Truettner has produced a scholarly work of enduring value that should be in all academic and museum libraries.”
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“[A] tight and carefully argued book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520266315
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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"Truettner has produced a scholarly work of enduring value that should be in all academic and museum libraries."—Arlis/Na Reviews

"[A] tight and carefully argued book."—Choice

Meet the Author

William H. Truettner is Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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