Hans Kleiber, Artist of the Bighorns
Hans Kleiber was a German-born, self-taught artist. Below are some selections from the Center's Kleiber print collection related to fishing. His studio in Dayton, Wyoming, has been restored and is available to visit. From DaytonWyoming.org: "The historic log cabin studio of world famous German-born etching artist Hans Kleiber (1887-1967) is on Main Street in Dayton, Wyoming, less than a mile from where Hans originally built it behind his home. Kleiber, a U.S. Forest Ranger, was inspired by the majesty of the Bighorn Mountains to write poetry and sketch with pencils and ink. With a desire to produce prints of his work, Hans amazingly taught himself the complex art process of etching and printing metal plates. He gave up forestry in 1923 to pursue art full-time. Kleiber’s etchings drew a large number of collectors, showing all over the U.S. and also in Europe. Kleiber’s art reflects the natural beauty of the Bighorn Mountains, as well as life in and around the town of Dayton in the early to mid 1900s. Kleiber’s studio looks much like it did when he used it. His furniture, books, art supplies, etching tools and famous printing press are on display, as well as photos of the artist at work. Several etchings and original, one of a kind works by Kleiber grace the rustic walls of his studio." Copy and paste this link in your browser to learn more about the "artist of the Bighorns": http://www.daytonwyoming.org/history/kleiberstudio.html.
A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
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