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In 1975 the Anschutz Collection acquired over 200 works on paper directly from the artist Emil Bisttram. Bisttram wrote out his inspiration and thoughts behind each piece. Last time a large number of these works were on display was during a show in 1983 at the Harwood in Taos. Come explore some of Emil Bisttram's work with us this Friday. Tickets are still available, and only $10.
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On this date in 1579 English sailor Francis Drake stopped near modern-day San Francisco after raiding Spanish settlements in Western South America to repair his ship, and claimed California for England, calling it "Nova Albion." Though it would be another couple of centuries before Anglo-European artists like Thomas Hill painted California, the scenery must have made an impression on Drake and his crew as well. Image Credit: Thomas Hill, "Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe," c. 1874.
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Happy Fathers Day! Let us celebrate with these father daughter duos from throughout history.
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On this day in 1775, Congress appointed George Washington general and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Artist Rembrandt Peale was able to get a sitting with Washington, and continued to paint portraits like this one after our first president's death. Image credit: Rembrandt Peale, "Porthole Portrait of George Washington," c. 1823.
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Happy National Bourbon Day! Enjoy this North American Spirit and celebrate the West this evening!
Rockwell Kent was born on this day in 1882. Kent had a lafe full of adventure and expressed it in many artistic mediums. Come by the Museum of a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday to see "Wilderness," which was done while living with his son on Fox Island, Alaska. Image Credit: Rockwell Kent, "Wilderness," 1918-1919.
Edward Henry Potthast was born June 10, 1857. Through he worked primarily in New York City and is known for his coastal scenes, in 1910 the Santa Fe Railroad company invited him to travel west and painting the Grand Canyon. Image credit: Edward Henry Potthast, "The Grand Cnyon," 1910.
Check out the Denver Chalk Art Festival @denverchalkartfestival today to see @stephendeorio finished piece. Steve will be speaking about his artistic process and works of art at the museum Friday, June 8th at 3pm! Get your tickets on our website! #chalkart #denverart #denverchalkartfestival #denver #westernart
Move aside Cowboys! Pearl Hart, an amateur bandit held up and Arizona Stagecoach today, May 30, in 1899. This female bandit was a true westerner as she moved out west to Arizona at a very early age. Her life before and after her stint as a bandit is filled with myths and mysteries that the American west is known for, let it be her possible travels with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show or her role as “The Arizona Bandit,” Pearl Hart was a western woman that was not to be messed with! Image credit: Herman Hansen, “Attack on the Stagecoach,” 1890-1900.
On May 30, 1868, the first Memorial Day was established by General John A. Logan. Since that first day of remembrance, Memorial Day has been made a federal holiday and is set as the last Monday of May. AMWA wishes to thank all of our lost service men and women for their service and sacrifice for our country. Image credit: John Frederick Kensett, “In the Colorado Rockies,” 1870.
Ernest Leonard Blumenschein was born on this day in 1874! He grew up in a family of musicians, and had talent for both musical and visual art. Can you see the orchestral influence in the rolling hills of “The Sangre de Christo Mountains”? Image credit: Ernest Leonard Blumenschein, "Sangre de Christo Mountains," 1926.
On May 25, 1864 President Lincoln declared Montana a territory! The land had been part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 but the harsh conditions and Native American populations discouraged American settlement until the discovery of gold in the 1850s. And in 1889 Montana became the 41st state! Image credit: John Mix Stanley, "Friendly Indians Fleeing Fort Benton," 1859.