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A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Gerard Meffre


American Dream
Seabeck, Robert | Painting |...
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7.91 | 1982 | H: 40 in, width: 60 in, Frame height: 41.375 in, Frame width: 61.125 in | American Dream | Gift of the Artist | Interested in reflections of light on sculpturesque forms, Seabeck paints depictions of cars and trucks. The vehicle paintings by this Wyoming artist also seem to convey connotations about life in the contemporary West. With the utility vehicle parked in front of the single-family residence, American Dream can represent the culmination of the western migration movement. | LR: R. Seabeck; Back of stretcher: "AMERICAN DREAM"/ OIL ON CANVAS/ 40"X60" ROBERT SEABECK | 7.91.JPG | vehicle | house | flag | automobile | Painting | oil on canvas | Robert Seabeck (b. 1945) American Dream 1982, oil on canvas Gift of the Artist, 7.91 Interested in reflections of light on sculpturesque forms, Seabeck paints depictions of cars and trucks. The vehicle paintings by this Wyoming artist also seem to convey connotations about life in the contemporary West. With the utility vehicle parked in front of the single-family residence, American Dream can represent the culmination of the western migration movement. | Seabeck, Robert

At the End of Her...
Coe, Anne | Painting | acryl...
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2.93.1 | 1992 | H: 50.5 in, width: 50.5 in | At the End of Her Rope | Gift of the artist and Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss | In western art of the past, women often seem to be absent, or when they do appear, they play passive roles. In contemporary western art, women have more prominent positions both as subjects and as artists. The cowgirl has become an heroic figure. Not merely a lovely companion, the cowgirl here provides the action, using a rope with prowess and with humor. | LRC, in script: Anne Coe | Pamphlet: Cody, Wyoming Relocation Guide; Cody Chamber of Commerce, Cody, Wyoming; 2004; inside back cover | 2.93.1.JPG | cowgirl | roping | Cadillac | horse | Painting | acrylic on canvas | Coe, Anne

A Matter of Choice
Howell-Sickles, Donna | Pain...
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14.93 | 1993 | H: 44.5 in, width: 30 in, Frame height: 55 in, Frame width: 40.75 in | A Matter of Choice | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1993 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Texas artist Donna Howell-Sickles began portraying cowgirls when a friend gave her an old postcard of a waving cowgirl with a caption reading "Greetings from a real cowgirl of the old Southwest." Howell-Sickles became interested in the combination of "real" cowgirls and the fake, glamourized image. "The cowgirl has become my icon for woman in general . . ." the artist has said. | llc, in script: Donna Howell Sickles c (in a circle) 93 | The painting features a cowgirl and has representations of the phases of the moon and a feather. According to the artist, the feather is a reference to the Egyptian deity, Maat. After death your heart is weighed against her pure white feather. If they balance, you are all right. If your heart is heavier, you still have work to do. The artist placed a mythological reference with her contemporary cowgirl, noting that all of us were at one time looking for someone pure of heart. | 14.93.JPG | cowgirl | Painting | mixed media on paper | Howell-Sickles, Donna

Buffaloes (bulls ...
Catlin, George | Painting | ...
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27.86 | 1855-1870 | Sheet height: 18.625 in, Sheet width: 24.875 in, Frame height: 23 in, Frame width: 28.125 in, frame depth: 3.25 in | Buffaloes (bulls and cows) Grazing in the Prairie | Gift of Paul Mellon | In the early 1830s Catlin traveled throughout the West to paint Indians and their environment. This painting, like most of the Catlins in the gallery, was done late in his life from sketches and memories of his time on the frontier. | LL: A (over 292), Top center: 141, Secondary typed label: AMNH: 292; Catlin 141, title, Top center (in pencil): 141 | The invoice incorrectly states a total of 384 paintings. There were, in fact, 389 paintings purchased, 351 of which Mr. Mellon gave to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in December 1965. 24 given to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, November 1985; 4 given to the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, December 1986; and the remaining 10 to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, December 1986. Oil on paperboard on Bristol Board | Travel Guide: South Dakota: Fodor's Compass American Guides; T.D. Griffith; Compass American Guides, New York; Third Edition; 2004; page 156, acknowledgement, page 287 | 27.86.jpg | 27.86.JPG | buffalo | bison | Animal | Painting | Oil on paperboard | George Catlin (1796-1872) Buffaloes (bulls and cows) Grazing in the Prairie ca. 1855-1870, oil on paperboard Gift of Paul Mellon 27.86 | Catlin, George

(Cattle outfit fr...
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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54.67 | H: 12.25 in, width: 18.375 in, Frame height: 17.375 in, Frame width: 23.5 in | (Cattle outfit freight wagon with driver and four mules) | Gift of The Coe Foundation. | Book: The Natural Superiority of Mules, by John Hauer, The Lyons Press, Guilford, 2005, page 142 | 54.67.jpg | 54.67.JPG | Group | Animal | transportation | Landscape | Figure | Painting | oil on board | Remington, Frederic

Fall Scene
Seabeck, Robert | Painting |...
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6.79 | 1979 | H: 30 in, width: 72 in | Fall Scene | Gift of anonymous donor | Fall Scene, according to the artist, is today's image of the covered wagon that brought the pioneers to Wyoming. The smooth, seemingly brushless surface of the painting is the result of the canvas's preparation and the artist's technique of applying the paint in thin layers. | 6.79.JPG | 6.79.jpg | 6.79.web.jpg | Landscape | transportation | Painting | oil on canvas | Robert Seabeck (b.1945) Fall Scene 1979, oil on canvas Gift of Anonymous Donor, 6.79 Fall Scene, according to the artist, is today's image of the covered wagon that brought the pioneers to Wyoming. The smooth, seemingly brushless surface of the painting is the result of the canvas's preparation and the artist's technique of applying the paint in thin layers. | Seabeck, Robert

Galisteo Junction
Gwyn, Woody | Painting | oil...
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4.10 | 2010 | H: 33.5 in, width: 30 in, Frame height: 34.375 in, Frame width: 30.875 in | Galisteo Junction | Gift of The Alexander Bodini Foundation, in memory of Alexander Bodini | In ink on verso: "Galisteo Junction" / Woody Gwyn / 2010. David Findlay Jr Fine Art stick on back panel. Frame spec sticker on bottom back of frame. | 4.10.jpg | 4.10.jpg | Painting | oil on panel | Gwyn, Woody

Hickok and Cody
Ross, Thom | Painting | acry...
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12.98.2 | 1998 | H: 48 in, width: 60 in, Frame height: 50.25 in, Frame width: 62 in | Hickok and Cody | Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Weiss | Left: Wild Bill (James Butler Hickok, 1837-1876) Wild Bill, a gunfighter, lawman, and scout, was usually mild-mannered and courteous; when aroused he was deadly, supposedly never missing a target with his ever-present pair of Colt 1851 Navy revolvers. Right: Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody, 1846-1917) Before Buffalo Bill began his international career as a showman in 1882, he trapped, mined, scouted, rode Pony Express, soldiered, hunted buffalo, guided and drove a stage. | label on verso: ALLISON/BEEMAN FINE ARTS SERVICES, INC./ 55 S. Atlantic, Suite 407/ Seattle, WA 98134/ phone 206-682-8580/ fax 202-621-7577 [right side of the label joined together:] AB [round white label llc in red:] 61 | ulc: Ross | 12.98.2.jpg | 12.98.2.jpg | 12.98.2.jpg | 12.98.2.jpg | 12.98.2.jpg | 12.98.2.web.jpg | Hickok, James Butler "Wild Bill" | Cody, W.F. | Painting | acrylic on canvas | Ross, Thom

I-80 Energy Romance
Stinson, Don | Painting | oi...
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15.13 | 2013 | Frame height: 29 in, Frame width: 64.875 in, H: 28 in, width: 64 in | I-80 Energy Romance | Gift of The Alexander Bodini Foundation, in memory of Alexander Bodini | Don Stinson's paintings are panoramas of the American West of today. The magnificent landscapes are beautifully painted, especially the skies that reach into the distance. Stinson typically includes aspects of our built environment of the recent past - an abandoned gas station or drive-in* movie theater, for example. In the context of the western land, these human elements seem temporary and fleeting, as if being re-claimed by nature. While there are layers of meaning in the paintings, the images are immediately recognizable and familiar to anyone who has ever driven distances in the American West. 1-80 Energy Romance is relevant to Wyoming culture, especially in the ways it addresses the state's interest in and reliance upon energy. Stinson's paintings are in the collection of the Denver Art Museum and Phoenix Art Museum. He has been featured in major art exhibitions across the country. He is currently at the height of his career and is an excellent addition to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. | 15.13.jpg | 15.13v1.jpg | Painting | oil on linen | Stinson, Don

Madonna of the Pr...
Koerner, W.H.D. | Painting |...
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25.77 | 1921 | H: 37 in, width: 28.75 in, Frame height: 43.5 in, Frame width: 35.5 in, frame depth: 3.5 in | Madonna of the Prairie | Museum purchase | In the novel The Covered Wagon, Molly Wingate traveled the Oregon Trail with a wagon train of settlers. Encountering prairie fires and Indian arrows, the beautiful maiden eventually reached Oregon, where, in the conventions of popular fiction, she found true love. In this illustration for the novel's book jacket, Koerner used the covered wagon to form a halo around the pioneer's head. | LR: WHD/Koerner/1921 | see ARGUS record SEP.V194.40.1922, The Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1922. Madonna of the Prairie was used as the cover illustration. | Book: exhibition catalog, La Mythologie De L' Ouest, Dans L'Art Americain 1830-1940, Laurent Salome, editor, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2007, page 89 | 25.77.jpg | 25.77.JPG | 25.77.jpg | 25.77.web.jpg | 25.77.jpg | 25.77.jpg | covered wagon | woman | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

Mountain Corral
Wieghorst, Olaf | Painting |...
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7.70 | unknown | H: 24.125 in, width: 30.125 in, Frame height: 33.625 in, Frame width: 39.625 in | Mountain Corral | Gift of Read Mullan. | LL: O. Wieghorst;LR: c. | 7.70.jpg | Painting | oil on canvas | Wieghorst, Olaf

Old Faithful
Bierstadt, Albert | Painting...
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3.69 | ca. 1881 | sight height: 18.25 in, sight width: 12 in, Frame height: 23.25 in, Frame width: 18 in, frame depth: 1 in | Old Faithful | Gift of Joseph M. Roebling | William Wylie, author of an early guidebook to Yellowstone National Park, wrote about the famous geyser. "Old Faithful, so aptly named by the first exploring party in 1870, because of its wonderful regularity, is situated at the very head of the Geyser Basin, standing there like a faithful sentinal, true to his regularity day and night, winter and summer." | LR: ABierstadt | 3.69.jpg | 3.69.JPG | 3.69.jpg | 3.69.web.jpg | Landscape | Painting | oil on board | Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) Old Faithful ca. 1881, oil on board Gift of Joseph M. Roebling, 3.69 | Bierstadt, Albert

Radisson and Gros...
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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14.86 | 1905 | H: 17.125 in, width: 30.125 in, Frame height: 22.5 in, Frame width: 35 in | Radisson and Groseilliers | Gift of Mrs. Karl Frank | In 1903 Remington signed an exclusive contract with Collier's magazine to produce works in color on various historic themes related to the American frontier. As part of that work, he initiated a series of eleven paintings for Collier's in 1905 which was titled The Great Explorers. Radisson and Groseilliers is the only painting which remains from the original set. | LRC: FREDERIC REMINGTON [Back:] piece of wood attached to bottom of stretcher: 4 Raddison & Grossilliers - 1609 | Book: Shining Big Sea Water: The Story of Lake Superior, by Norman K. Risjord, Minnesota Historical Society Press, St. Paul, 2008, page 37 | 14.86.jpg | 14.86.jpg | 14.86.jpg | 14.86.JPG | 14.86.web.jpg | Indian | Other | Figure | explorers | Painting | oil on canvas | Remington, Frederic

Spring Pasture
Wipfler, Kathy | Painting | ...
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18.95.2 | 1995 | H: 15 in, width: 24 in, Frame height: 20 in, Frame width: 29 in | Spring Pasture | William E. Weiss Memorial Fund Purchase, purchased In honor of Peter Kriendler | This painting is set in the majestic Teton Mountains near Jackson, Wyoming. Wipfler enjoys working on location, enabling her to capture the emotions as well as the beauty of a lazy spring day in this idyllic pasture. While painting this scene, a badger rustled around near her easel and a coyote wandered through the field. | verso: "Spring Pasture" [ruc:] 46.0695 3 [lrc:] 15 x 24 | lrc: Wipfler | 18.95.2.JPG | pasture | Painting | oil on canvas | Wipfler, Kathy

The Feed Trough
Post, Howard | Painting | oi...
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23.95 | 1995 | H: 78 in, width: 58.75 in, Frame height: 80.75 in, Frame width: 61 in | The Feed Trough | Gift of Hannah and Stuart Cutshall and the Artist | Post's modernist style employs a minimal use of detail, emphasizing the composition of the piece. The focus is on the colors of the West and the stark beauty of the landscape. The Feed Trough does not tell a story or stereotype the West, it captures the essence of reality. | 23.95.jpg | cattle | feed trough | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Post, Howard

The Homesteaders
Clymer, John | Painting | oi...
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25.70 | 1969-1970 | H: 120.25 in, width: 60.25 in, Frame height: 124 in, Frame width: 64.375 in | The Homesteaders | Gift of Winchester-Western Division, Olin Corporation | LRC: John Clymer/CA(the A is on space below the c) | Program: Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede, Cody Nite Rodeo, July 1-4, 1999, Cattle and Cowboys in Wyoming, page 96. | 25.70.JPG | 25.70.jpg | Group | Landscape | Figure | Animal | Painting | oil on canvas | Clymer, John

The Road to Orego...
Koerner, W.H.D. | Painting |...
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6.92.2 | 1933 | H: 26.125 in, width: 40.125 in, Frame height: 30.25 in, Frame width: 44.5 in | The Road to Oregon (Lone Travel, or Travel in Groups of a Few, as Andy Had Known it, Was Practically a Thing of the Past) | Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver | Although diaries written by women on the Oregon Trail often record hardships, later paintings of the subject present a more optimistic view. In this painting, the men walk while the women ride, giving a more protected role to the women. In actuality, women often walked because the wagons were heavily loaded. | LRC: W.H.D./(underlined) Koerner/1933 [on back of top stretcher, in pencil:] Foofaraw./Lone travel, or travel in groups of a few such as Andy had known it, was practically a thing of the past | Book (softcover): W.H.D. Koerner: Der Maler des,,Wilden Westerns" aus Dithmarschen by Gerd Stolz, Husum, 2003, page 86 | 6.92.2.jpg | 6.92.2.JPG | Oregon Trail | wagon train | Painting | oil on canvas | W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) The Road to Oregon (Lone Travel, or Travel in Groups of a Few, as Andy Had Known it, Was Practically a Thing of the Past) 1933, oil on canvas Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver Koerner created The Road to Oregon as two separate paintings to use as a "double page split" when published in the Saturday Evening Post. Separating the two scenes was easier for reproduction. The images illustrated the story, "Fooforaw," November 10, 1934. 6.92.2 | Koerner, W.H.D.

The Visitors from...
Amiotte, Arthur | Painting |...
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16.96.1 | 1996 | Image height: 18 in, Image width: 23.875 in, Frame height: 21 in, Frame width: 27 in | The Visitors from Oklahoma | Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss | Amiotte synthesizes layers of photographs, text and painted images into a narrative collage in which multiple events occur simultaneously. The painted figures echo traditional Plains Indian ledger art, and their juxtaposition with family photographs and written words presents a record of Lakota as well as family history. The automobile, a symbol of modernity and change, is a recurring image in Amiotte's collages. The artist notes that the fifty year in Sioux history from 1880 to 1930 was "a period when drastic cultural change and adaptation were taking place . . ." | in image:This is that time those Witapahatu came from/over there. They call that place Oklahoma. [markings] This is how Standing Bear/drew his name. [LR]: Our Father Mato Naji said/they sure were happy. [LL]: Mato Naji [collage newspaper] HAPPY HOURS/Vol. XXXV MONTHLY/Whole No. 512 Augusta, Maine, July 1913 Price 40 cents for three years No. 3 | llc: Arthur Amiotte 96 (copyright symbol) | 16.96.1.jpg | 16.96.1.jpg | 16.96.1.web.jpg | car | Standing Bear | U.S. Flag | Oklahomans | Plains Indian women | Painting | Collage | acrylic | Amiotte, Arthur

Tumbleweeds
Aspevig, Clyde | Painting | ...
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16.99 | 1999 | H: 40 in, width: 60.25 in, Frame height: 45.25 in, Frame width: 65.25 in | Tumbleweeds | Gift of the Mary A.H. Rumsey Foundation | The sagebrush and wide-open horizons of Wyoming and Montana serve as inspiration for Aspevig. Tumbleweeds features a typical sagebrush steppe envrionment and Heart Mountain, a prominent landmark near Cody, Wyoming. | verso, UL, stretcher, in script: Fredrix/ 60/ CLYDE ASPEVIG/ P.O. BOX 347/ CLYDE PARK, MT 59018 | LLC: C. ASPEVIG | 16.99.jpg | 16.99.web.jpg | 16.99.jpg | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Aspevig, Clyde

Wyoming String Te...
Eggenhofer, Nick | Painting ...
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2.66 | 1966 | H: 28.125 in, width: 56 in, Frame height: 32 in, Frame width: 60 in | Wyoming String Team (c.1880) | Born in Gauting, Bavaria, Eggenhofer came to the United States at age 16 and became a successful illustrator in New York City. In 1961 he realized his ambition to move West. He came to Cody, Wyoming, where Heart Mountain served as a backdrop for his painting of men and animals at work. | LR: N. EGGENHOFER 1966 | 2.66.jpg | 2.66.jpg | 2.66.JPG | transportation | Painting | oil on canvas | Nick Eggenhofer (1897-1985) Wyoming String Team ca. 1880 1966, oil on canvas, 2.66 Born in Gauting, Bavaria, Eggenhofer came to the United States at age 16 and became a successful illustrator in New York City. He illustrated both fiction and nonfiction books about the West. In 1961, he realized his ambition to move west. Eggenhofer came to Cody, Wyoming, where Heart Mountain served as a backdrop for his painting of men and animals at work. | Eggenhofer, Nick