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Ranching through the artist's eyes

It's hard to think about the West without thinking of ranching--the whole milieu of cows and cowboys, fences and corrals, boots and ten-gallon hats. Western artists often pick up the theme of ranching as they depict content realistically or abstractly, but always including the various emotions that accompany the land and the people. There's serenity, grandeur, fear, beauty, satisfaction, loneliness, joy, and a host of other feelings that rancher claims. Take a look at these ranch scenes; which one(s) would suit you the best? What emotions do you experience when you examine each one? Let us know!

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309


Cody on the Ishaw...
Bacon, Irving R. | Painting ...
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20.64 | 1904 | H: 24.75 in, width: 16.25 in, Frame height: 30.5 in, Frame width: 22 in | Cody on the Ishawooa Trail | Bequest in memory of Houx and Newell families. | Bacon traveled with Buffalo Bill and painted him both from life and from scenes which were described to the artist. Having studied art in America and Munich, he combined styles to create landscapes in the grand manner. Ishawooa is located in the mountains above Buffalo Bill's Cody, Wyoming ranch, the TE. | LLC: Bacon./1904. | 20.64.jpg | 20.64.JPG | Animal | Figure | Landscape | Painting | watercolor on paper | Bacon, Irving R.

October Moon
Lawson, T. Allen | Painting ...
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12.00 | 2000 | Frame height: 31.5 in, Frame width: 45.25 in, H: 24 in, width: 37.75 in | October Moon | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2000 Buffalo Bill Art Show | "The penetrating sight of this October full moon rising stopped me in my tracks. I completed a very quick (15 minute) color study to solidify my memory of the evening. The idea to add the grazing sheep came several weeks later as I was completing drawings of the barn and trees. This final version has been a work in progress for more than two years, " explained the artist. | reverse center "OCTOBER MOON" / T. ALLEN LAWSON / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / [copyright symbol] / 20 00 | LL: T.ALLEN LAWSON | 12.00.jpg | sheep | Landscape | ranch house | barn | Painting | oil on linen mounted on board | Lawson, T. Allen

Ranch Buildings a...
Fritz, Charles | Painting | ...
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20.97 | 1997 | H: 30 in, width: 40 in, Frame height: 35.75 in, Frame width: 45.75 in | Ranch Buildings above Rock Creek | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1997 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Painting plein air, in the outdoors, gives Charles Fritz the advantage of natural light as well as the inspiration he finds essential for creating harmonious landscapes. This impressionistic winter scene was painted outside the town of Red Lodge, Montana. | LRC: C FRITZ | 20.97.JPG | 20.97.jpg | 20.97.jpg | 20.97.web.jpg | ranch | Painting | oil on canvas | Fritz, Charles

Untitled (landsca...
Bagg, Henry Howard | Paintin...
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151.69 | unknown | H: 16 in, width: 24 in, Frame height: 22.875 in, Frame width: 30.75 in | Untitled (landscape painted to depict near TE Ranch) | LLC: H. H. Bagg | Accessioned in 1969 as part of Original BBM Collection before direct source was known. | 151.69.jpg | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Bagg, Henry Howard

TE Ranch
Bagg, Henry Howard | Paintin...
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69.69 | ca. 1910 | H: 14.25 in, width: 20.25 in, Frame height: 21.5 in, Frame width: 27.375 in | TE Ranch | LRC: HH Bagg. | Provenance: Purchased from Fred H. Garlow, William Joseph Garlow and Mrs. Jane Cody Garlow Mallehan, grandchildren of Buffalo Bill. | 69.69.jpg | 69.69.jpg | Animal | Group | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Bagg, Henry Howard

TE Ranch-Wyoming
Elwell, Robert Farrington | ...
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80.69 | H: 7.375 in, width: 11 in | TE Ranch-Wyoming | LRC: R.F. Elwell-. | Provenance: Original Buffalo Bill Museum Collection, 1960 Catalog No. 7094. This collection was delivered to the Buffalo Bill Museum in March of 1951. It was purchased by the BBMA from Fred H. Garlow, William Joseph Garlow and Mrs. Jane Cody Garlow Mallehan, grandchildren of Buffalo Bill. The collection was originally leased under a 5 year lease agreement. In 1955-56 negotiations were undertaken for an extended purchase of the collection. 8-15-88 EAB | 80.69.jpg | Landscape | Sculpture | wood burning | Elwell, Robert Farrington

(Sketch of ranch ...
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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3.67 | H: 10 in, width: 14 in, Frame height: 12.5 in, Frame width: 16.625 in | (Sketch of ranch on prairie) | Gift of The Coe Foundation. | Unframed 6-1981 | 3.67.jpg | 3.67.JPG | Landscape | Painting | oil on board | Remington, Frederic

Untitled (Log ran...
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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64.67 | 1908 | H: 12.125 in, width: 16.125 in, Frame height: 14.375 in, Frame width: 18.625 in | Untitled (Log ranch buildings, haystack and pole fence) | Gift of The Coe Foundation | 64.67.jpg | 64.67.JPG | Other | buildings, fence | Landscape | Painting | oil on board | Frederic Remington (1861–1909) Untitled (Log ranch buildings, haystack and pole fence) 1908, oil on board Gift of The Coe Foundation 64.67 | Remington, Frederic

Untitled (Ranch, ...
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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69.67 | unknown | H: 12 in, width: 16.125 in, Frame height: 14.5 in, Frame width: 18.5 in | Untitled (Ranch, haystack, wagon, mountain in background) | Gift of The Coe Foundation. | In September of 1908, Remington came to Cody as Buffalo Bill's guest at the TE Ranch on the Southfork. During his stay, Remington spent his days exploring and painting the local scenery. | 69.67.jpg | 69.67.JPG | Other | transportation | barn | Landscape | Painting | oil on board | Remington, Frederic

Untitled (Log ran...
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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59.67 | 1908 | H: 12 in, width: 16 in, Frame height: 18.25 in, Frame width: 22.125 in | Untitled (Log ranch buildings with wagon) | Gift of The Coe Foundation | LRC: Frederic Remington:/Wyoming | 59.67.JPG | 59.67.jpg | Landscape | Other | transportation | buildings | Painting | oil on board | Remington, Frederic

The War Bridle
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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8.12 | 1909 | H: 27 in, width: 30 in, Frame height: 31.75 in, Frame width: 34.75 in, frame depth: 2.5 in | The War Bridle | Gift in memory of A. Barton Hepburn and Cordelia H. Cushman | Remington titled this painting The War Bridle. The term "war bridle," refers to a "hitch of rope in the mouth and around the lower jaw of the horse." Remington, however, did not depict a rope "war bridle." The horse appears to wear a bridle with a bit and leather headstall. The painting's real subject is the immobilizing and calming of the horse by the cowboys' tying up the animal's hind leg, which is often called a "scotch hobble." In his copyright application Remington described this painting as "Two men hobbling a ponie." Perhaps the artist felt that the term "war bridle" described the horse's struggle against the wranglers' restraints. | top of frame on reverse: (in white chalk) CUSHMAN CUSHMAN. 2 labels on UL of foamcore backing | lower right corner: Frederic Remington / 1909 | l.23.86.1.jpg | L.23.86.1.v1.jpg | Painting | oil on canvas | Painted in the last year of his life, The War Bridle combines Frederic Remington’s new interest in the color and light of the Impressionists with a narrative theme of the Old West. The subject of two cowboys breaking a pony in a corral under a bright summer sky represents the taming of nature. Critics praised Remington’s new painterly style and remarked that it would assure the artist’s reputation as a true American painter rather than as a mere illustrator. | Remington, Frederic

The Littlest Rebel
Meyers, Robert William | oil...
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14.84 | 1970 | H: 24 in, width: 29.875 in, Frame height: 34.25 in, Frame width: 40.5 in | The Littlest Rebel | Gift of Mrs. Margaret H. Skoglund | While in New York, Meyers worked as a successful commercial artist and illustrator for publications such as The Saturday Evening Post and True. During this time, he became friends with fellow artist, James Bama. In 1960, Meyers moved his family to Wyoming, where he owned and operated the Circle M Ranch located on the South Fork of the Shoshone River near Cody. Set on the Circle M Ranch, The Littlest Rebel was Meyers' last painting. Guest at the ranch, Frank Hensley posed as the cowboy tasked with guiding the stray calf back to the herd. | LR: Meyers/M (M-in circle), Back, top stretcher bar: #196 - THE LITTLEST REBEL ARTIST - BOB MEYERS/M (M in circle) | 14.84.JPG | 14.84.jpg | 14.84.jpg | 14.84.jpg | 14.84.web.jpg | Cowboy | oil on canvas | Meyers, Robert William

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

Throwing a Steer
Rungius, Carl | Painting | o...
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1.66 | ca. 1919 | H: 30 in, width: 40 in, Frame height: 36.25 in, Frame width: 46.25 in | Throwing a Steer | Gift of the Jack Kriendler Memorial Foundation in honor of Mr. H. Peter Kriendler | During one of his trips to Wyoming, Rungius participated in cattle roundups, which he photographed. The artist then made paintings in an impressionistic style, based on his photographic studies. Labels on the back of this painting, written in the artist's handwriting, indicate that the artist titled this work Throwing a Steer, although the cattle do not appear to be steers. | LR: C Rungius | 1.66.JPG | 1.66.jpg | 1.66.web.jpg | Cowboy | Animal | Painting | oil on canvas | Carl Rungius (1869-1959) Throwing a Steer ca.1919, oil on canvas Gift of the Jack Kriendler Memorial Foundation in honor of Mr. H. Peter Kriendler During a trip to Wyoming, Rungius participated in a cattle roundup which he photographed. The artist then made paintings based on the photographs in an impressionistic style. On the back of this painting, the artist titled this work Throwing a Steer, although the cattle do not appear to be steers. 1.66 | Rungius, Carl

The Snow Eddied a...
Koerner, W.H.D. | Painting |...
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23.77 | 1932 | H: 29 in, width: 41.125 in, Frame height: 33.875 in, Frame width: 46 in | The Snow Eddied and Whirled About the Men. They Were Muffled to the Eyes by Their Neck Scarfs. Night Had Descended by the Time They Returned to the Ranch House. | Museum purchase | This painting illustrated Short Grass, a novel by Hal G. Evarts. | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner (Koerner underlined)/1932 | On August 19, 1993 William H.D. Koerner III, the son of W.H.D. Koerner, told me a story about this painting. According to him, he posed for the figure on horseback so that his father could get the right modelling on the clothing worn by the cowboy being portrayed. This was done on swelteringly hot July day. "Little Billy Koerner" was swaddled in coats and scarves from head to toe. In order to help endure this very uncomfortable situation his father told him the story surrounding the scene he was painting. Even today, Mr. Koerner remembers how much cooler he felt imagining the blizzard in the story. [8/24/93 Frances B. Clymer.] | Book: The Deadliest Woman in the West: Mother Nature on the Prairies and Plains 1800-1900, by Rod Beemer; Caxton Press, Caldwell; 2006; page 47 | 23.77.jpg | 23.77.jpg | 23.77.jpg | 23.77.web.jpg | Group | Landscape | Cowboy | Animal | Painting | oil on canvas | W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) The Snow Eddied and Whirled About the Men. They Were Muffled to the Eyes by Their Neck Scarfs. Night Had Descended by the Time They Returned to the Ranch House. 1932, oil on canvas Museum Purchase For this painting, Koerner used his son Billy for the central figure. Billy recalls the experience, “Imagine posing for a freezing snow scene wearing a heavy cowboy costume when the studio interior was over a hundred degrees blistering hot!” 23.77 | Koerner, W.H.D.

Ridin' Drag
Schwiering, Conrad | Paintin...
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1.70 | 1970 | H: 30 in, width: 40 in, Frame height: 39.375 in, Frame width: 49.5 in | Ridin' Drag | Gift of E.J. Goppert, Sr. | Schwiering's style reveals the inheritance from the French impressionist artists who used a rich application of paint and accentuated the effects of light. He also followed their lead in painting outdoors, sharpening his skills in natural light and reacting directly to nature. | LR: Schwiering/c | 1.70.jpg | 1.70.JPG | Cowboy | Painting | oil on board | Conrad Schwiering (1916–1986) Ridin’ Drag 1970, oil on board Gift of E.J. Goppert, Sr. 1.70 | Schwiering, Conrad

Snow Patterns
Coen, Don | Painting | oil s...
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9.11 | 2010 | Frame height: 41.875 in, Frame width: 61.25 in, sight height: 39.875 in, sight width: 59.75 in | Snow Patterns | Gift of the Artist | "SNOW PATTERNS" written in pencil at center bottom front. ""SNOW PATTERNS" / OIL STICK / D.W. Coen (signature) on foamcore backing, top left. | Two gallery sale labels on back top left and right corners. | artist signature in lower right corner | 9.11.jpg | 9.11.jpg | snow storm | cows | Painting | oil stick on canvas | Coen, Don

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

Ruby Mountain Bal...
Waddell, Theodore | Painting...
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36.09 | 2009 | H: 9 in, width: 12 in | Ruby Mountain Baldies | Gift of the artist | LR: T Waddell reverse: Ruby Mountain Baldies / Theodore Waddell / 2009 (copyright symbol) | LR: T Waddell | 36.09.jpg | cattle | Painting | oil on paper | Waddell, Theodore