Wild Western Collection

Welcome to the Wild-Wild-Western Collection!

 The Old West! The place of cowboys, indians, and tumbleweeds! Get out your boots with the  fur spurs folks, ‘cause it’s about to be a showdown! Take 10 paces and get ready to draw! Let’s be a little more creative here though, instead of drawing guns let me draw you a mental picture aided by actual pictures.

 

Western art has many inspirations, you’ll know this if you’ve ever traveled out to The Old West! Many signature elements of western art are turquoise, and edgy patterns, they’re contrasted with oranges, reds, and beige’s. Of course some of the main subjects in the Western Style are the famous Cowboys, and Indians (Native Americans is more accurate). Many of the images seen are of significant battles for territory, and resources. There are several different ways in which these subjects are portrayed, and it’s all up to the viewers’ interpretation.

 

 

The History of the West:

So, before we climb into the Western Decor Wagon let us take a moment to appreciate the birth of the West. The expansion of the west started with an idea that spread throughout the Colonies in the 19th Century. John O’Sullivan, who was a Newspaper editor at the time, coined a term that represented a common idea. This term was: Manifest Destiny. The idea at the time was that it was our right as Americans to expand the colonies by moving…West. There was a sense of adventure, excitement, and even religious undertones. The idea evolved from person to person, some believed that it was a God given right, and whatever lay out in the wild west it was their duty to convert and promote God’s word. Others believed it was more of a duty to our country, and would also show that we were becoming more stabilized. It was a means of showing America’s progress. To keep a long story short and not take up too much time, we did expand and The West is History! (The rest is history! Get it?) Hahah!

  

Check out some Highlights from our Western Collection:

Keeoma – Charles M. Russell
 

    

 

Seen above from Left to Right: Indian Story I, Pottery Wall, & Indian Story II by James Lee

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Museum Exhibition of the Week

Museum Exhibition: Frederic Remington A Dash for Timber

A Dash for Timber by Frederic Remington

 

Exhibition: Where the West Rides Again

Location: The Sid Richardson Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Dates: Permanent Exhibition

Website: http://www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org

One of the finest and most focused collections of western art in America, this Fort Worth museum features paintings of the 19th Century American West by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The works, reflecting both the art and reality of the American West, are from the collection of the legendary Texas oilman and philanthropist, Sid W. Richardson.  Since opening in 1982, the Museum has been one of historic Sundance Square’s top attractions, drawing more than 50,000 visitors a year from all over the world.

Sid Richardson began collecting the works of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell with the help of Newhouse Galleries of New York City.  Richardson did not limit his collection to Remington and Russell. While he showed no interest in Western landscape artists such as Albert Bierstadt or Thomas Moran, he did acquire works by such relatively unknown late nineteenth-century artists as Gilbert Gaul, Peter Moran, and Charles F. Browne.  But his primary interest was in Remington and Russell, adding an occasional work to his collection until a few years before his death on September 30, 1959. Time has confirmed his wisdom. Remington and Russell remain today what they were in their own day, the “titans of Western art.”

The Foundation has acquired four additional paintings since Mr. Richardson’s death. Although this Fort Worth Museum does not have an active acquisitions program, the board of directors does on occasion add new works to the collection. The Richardson Museum now owns 4 of the 17 oil paintings from Remington’s last, critically acclaimed exhibition, held at Knoedler Gallery in New York City in December 1909 just prior to his death, making its collection “one of the finest assemblages of major late-life Remington paintings in the world” according to Dr. Brian W. Dippie, noted authority and scholar of both Remington and Russell.

 

Museum Exhibition: The Round Up by Charles RussellThe Round Up by Charles M. Russell

Museum Exhibition: C.M. Russell and his Friends by Charles RussellC.M. and his Friends by Charles Russell