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Relics of the Past
Cooper, A.D.M. | Painting | ...
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4.64 | before 1910 | H: 40 in, width: 36 in, Frame height: 45.375 in, Frame width: 41.375 in, frame depth: 3.75 in | Relics of the Past | Bequest in memory of the Houx and Newell Families | This type of still life painting is often called a trompe l'oeil (fool the eye). The artist sought to create the illusion that real photographs and artifacts were nailed to the wall. Buffalo Bill Cody owned this painting and had it hanging in the Irma Hotel for many years. | LL: Astley D. M. Cooper | Book: Redrawing Boundaries: Perspectives on Western American Art; Institute of Western American Art, Denver; and the University of Washington Press, Seattle; 2007, page 78 | 4.64.jpg | 4.64.JPG | 4.64.web.jpg | 4.64.jpg | 4.64.jpg | still life | Other | Painting | oil on canvas | Astley D. M. Cooper’s trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) tribute to the Old West includes a buffalo head mount; American Indian weapons; and collectible cabinet card photographs of the Western heroes Sitting Bull, Wild Bill Hickok, and Buffalo Bill Cody, whose portrait is placed prominently at the top of the composition. These souvenirs strive to recapture a long-ago past preserved in the face of the industrialization that was taking hold in the United States following the turn of the twentieth century. Nostalgia for the Old West was a powerful emotion captured by artists and embodied by Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. | Cooper, A.D.M.

Sacred Smoke
Acheff, William | Painting |...
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8.99 | 1984 | H: 40 in, width: 22 in, Frame height: 46.75 in, Frame width: 28.75 in | Sacred Smoke | Gift of Alan and Cindy Horn | Acheff's art training led him to master the style of trompe l'oeil (fool the eye), exemplified in this painting. Portrayed realistically in this still-life arrangement are a Sioux pipe bag with beadwork and porcupine quills and two E.S. Curtis photographs: Red Cloud--Ogalala, a portrait of a Sioux leader, and Invocation--Sioux, a suppliant standing at a sacred rock and calling for divine revelation. | LR: (copyright mark) written on backing, ULC: Wm. Acheff 1984/ "Sacred Smoke"/ 40 x 22 [label, top center:] ARTIST William Acheff/ TITLE "Sacred Smoke"/ SIZE AND MEDIUM 40 x 22", oil, & dated 1984/ SIGNED lower right STOCK NO (right side of label) J.N. BARTFIELD GALLERIES/ 45 West 57th Street/ New York, N.Y. 10019/ (212) 753-1830 [written just below center left of backing:] Prints: E.S. Curtis | LR: Wm Acheff 1984 | 8.99.jpg | 8.99.jpg | photographs | pipe bag | Red Cloud | still life | Curtis, Edward S. | Invocation--Sioux | Painting | oil on canvas | William Acheff (b. 1947) Sacred Smoke 1984, oil on canvas Gift of Alan and Cindy Horn This painting is in the style of trompe l’oeil (fool the eye). Portrayed in this still-life arrangement are a Sioux pipe bag and two E.S. Curtis photographs: Red Cloud—Ogalala, a portrait of a Sioux leader, and Invocation—Sioux, a suppliant standing at a sacred rock and calling for a divine revelation. 8.99 | Acheff, William