With its vast prairies and impressive mountains, Colorado has been a mecca for painters since the beginning of the nineteenth century. This latest volume in the Denver Art Museum’s Western Passages series celebrates a diverse group of painters who found special allegiance to the Rockies and to the human history of Colorado.
Many who ventured into Colorado in the 1800s sought inspiration in the land. The state attracted such masters of landscape painting as Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Worthington Whittredge. So pervasive and popular were images of Colorado’s peaks that some art historians have dubbed those who portrayed these sites as the “Rocky Mountain School.” During the 1900s, focus shifted to the human story, and artists benefited from the organizational activities of the Denver Artists Club, founded by a group of women artists who were instrumental in the eventual founding of the Denver Art Museum.
About the Author
Natasha Brandstatter has curated shows at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado, and served as a Bruce and Dorothy Dines Western American Art Intern at the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum.
Meredith M. Evans is project manager for the exhibition catalog European Design since 1985: Shaping the New Century. She previously served as curatorial assistant in the Department of Architecture, Design & Graphics at the Denver Art Museum.
Peter H. Hassrick is Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of many publications, including Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II, Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley, and In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein.
Nicole A. Parks serves as the curatorial assistant for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art.