Inspiring Sights: Yellowstone through Artists' Eyes

These works of art are only some of the spectacular pieces featuring the inspiring sights of Yellowstone National Park in the Center of the West's collection. Visit the museum to see these and other paintings and prints (including important loans) in summer 2016 as we celebrate the National Park Service's 100th anniversary!
Curated by Karen M

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This gallery has 26 objects

Painting- The Last of the Buffalo- Bierstadt, Albert- oil on canvas- hunting- Indian- Other- Animal- LLC: ABierstadt
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No matter where you stand along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the view of the Lower Falls is impressive. The cascade plummets over three hundred feet. Its base is enveloped in mist and is often crowned with a rainbow. The steep and jagged canyon walls range in color from rusty red to buttery yellow and even purple. For artists, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a daunting, but irresistible, subject.
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Painting- Old Faithful- Bierstadt, Albert- oil on board- Landscape- LR: ABierstadt
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Albert Bierstadt first visited Yellowstone in 1881. Best known for his panoramic landscape paintings of Yosemite and the Rocky Mountains, Bierstadt found new inspiration in Yellowstone. The park – especially its geysers – proved to be a fresh and exciting subject for the veteran artist. Bierstadt spent his days in Yellowstone making oil-on-paper studies of the scenery. Though he composed these paintings quickly in the field, they are remarkably detailed and naturalistic.
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James Everett Stuart traveled to Yellowstone in 1885 and saw such potential that he returned in subsequent years. He enjoyed working outdoors and when he wasn’t sketching Old Faithful or the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, he sold paintings to tourists from his tent. Notice Stuart’s characteristic bold brushstrokes and lively colors in his painting of the falls.
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Painting- Splendid Geyser, Yellowstone National Park- Stuart, J.E.(James Everett)- oil on canvas- transportation- Figure- Group- Landscape- Animal- LLC: 826/...
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Painting- Golden Gate, Yellowstone National Park- Moran, Thomas- oil on canvas- transportation- Figure- Group- Landscape- Animal- LRC: TMoran./1893
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Print- The Great Blue Spring of the Lower Geyser Basin Yellowstone- Moran, Thomas- Prang, Louis- chromolithograph on paper- Figure- Group- Landscape- Animal-...
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Printmaker Louis Prang created a portfolio of Yellowstone images based on Thomas Moran’s watercolors. The vibrant chromolithographs, or colored prints, were accompanied by text by Ferdinand Hayden, the geologist who led the 1871 expedition to Yellowstone. A chromolithograph is a print in which color is added during the printing process rather than by hand. Before chromolithography, artists had to hand color individual prints. After chromolithography was perfected, print makers could reproduce more colored prints more affordably.
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Print- The Grand Cañon, Yellowstone - Moran, Thomas- chromolithograph- Figure- Group- Landscape- LL: The Grand Cañon, Yellowstone, LC: Copyright, 1875, by L....
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Print- The Towers of Tower Falls, Yellowstone- Moran, Thomas- chromolithograph- Landscape- LL: TM (monogram), LL: The Towers of Tower Falls, Yellowstone, LC:...
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Thomas Moran accompanied a government survey expedition to the Yellowstone area under the leadership of geologist Ferdinand Hayden. Moran, along with photographers, topographers, and many others helped share the region’s scenic wonders with the world. Moran and photographer William Henry Jackson played important roles in documenting Yellowstone’s marvels. The images from their 1871 trip west helped convince Congress to set aside Yellowstone as the world’s first national park.
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Painting- Yellowstone Canyon- Widforss, Gunnar- watercolor on paper- Landscape- LR: Widforss- / -1924-
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Painting- The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone- Leigh, William R.- oil on canvas- Landscape- LR: W.R. LEIGH (underlined)/1911.
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Print- Old Faithful- Beauchamp, John, Jr.- serigraph on paper- Yellowstone National Park- Old Faithful Geyser- written in pencil under image: Old Faithful- ...
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Print- The Falls- Beauchamp, John, Jr.- serigraph on paper- Yellowstone National Park- Lower Falls of the Yellowstone- written in pencil under image: The Fa...
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Print- Upper Falls of the Yellowstone- Wilke, William- serigraph on paper- Yellowstone National Park- written under image: Upper Falls of the Yellowstone- L...
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Painting- Yellowstone Falls- De Yong, Joe- oil on canvas- Landscape- LR: JOE DE YONG
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Painting- Cove in Yellowstone Park- Johnson, Frank Tenney- oil on canvas- Figure- Landscape- Animal- Unsigned by artist; Label on reverse signed by Mrs. F.T....
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The earliest artists in Yellowstone wanted to accurately document its natural wonders. Later artists felt free to portray the park more imaginatively. Artists began depicting Yellowstone with modern techniques, creating more abstract, expressionistic, or impressionistic depictions of Yellowstone’s marvels. Both John Henry Twachtman, who visited the Park in 1895, and contemporary artist Ted Waddell created impressionistic visions of Yellowstone.
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Painting- Old Faithful- Waddell, Theodore- oil on canvas- LL- Theodore Waddell is well-represented in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's collection, but t...
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Painting- Firehole River #2- Waddell, Theodore- encaustic on canvas- oil- Theodore Waddell is well-represented in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's colle...
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Painting- Lower Falls of the Yellowstone- Wipfler, Kathy- oil on canvas
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Painting- Thermal Spigot, Yellowstone- Matthews, William- watercolor on paper- Yellowstone National Park- LRC, beneath signature: (2 X marks surrounded by a ...
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Painting- Yellowstone Lilies- Fillerup, Mel- oil on canvas
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Painting- Morning Glory Pool- Poulsen, M. C.- oil on canvas- LRC, before siganture: C with a circle around it- LRC: M.C. Poulsen 87
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