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Works by William R. Leigh in the Whitney Western Art Museum's collection

From scenes of action and conflict, to nurture and serenity, Leigh's work is always very detailed.

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


Buffalo Drive
Leigh, William R. | Painting...
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13.69 | 1947 | H: 77.625 in, width: 125.5 in, Frame height: 88.25 in, Frame width: 136 in, frame depth: 4 in | Buffalo Drive | Acquired with donations from the Whitney Purchase Fund, William F. Davidson, The Coe Foundation and Corliss C. and Audrienne H. Moseley | Buffalo Drive was considered in its day to be anthropologically accurate, a snapshot of history. The action depicted is compressed but basically accurate. A buffalo jump is an abrupt cliff over which a herd could be driven. The hunters waving pieces of hide helped steer the buffalo towards the cliff. Women are at work below, removing hides and butchering the animals to procure life's necessities. The portrayal of the hunters, however, can be viewed as a reflection of how American Indian people were often perceived when this painting was created. The hunters appear animal-like, savage and as massive as the bison. | LRC: W.R. LEIGH [underlined] 1947./c | Film: Unearthing the Past: Archaeology at Head-Smashed-In Interpretive Centre, McCloskey Productions, Inc., 2008 | 13.69.jpg | 13.69.jpg | 13.69.jpg | 13.69.JPG | 13.69.jpg | 13.69.web.jpg | buffalo | Sioux | Animal | buffalo drive | Indian | Group | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Leigh, William R.

Crossing the Border
Leigh, William R. | Painting...
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8.04.8 | H: 28 in, width: 22 in, Frame width: 30.375 in, Frame height: 36.5 in | Crossing the Border | Partial Bequest of Vernon R. Drwenski and Museum Purchase | When Leigh came West in 1906 he said, "This is where my spirit will be free, where I will be able to express myself. I have left conventionality and dull tedium behind--here is the tang of the sage in the air and the wild unspoiled work of nature ready--crying--imploring to be recorded." | LL: W. R. LEIGH -- ; LR: copyright symbol. verso on stretcher: CROSSING THE BORDER / Smugglers Crossing the Border | description of subject: Pack train on steep mountain trail. Two cowboys. One, dismounted, crouching in rocks; one walking at end of pack train with his horse following. | 8.04.8.jpg | two | steep | cowboys | pack train | mountain | trail | Painting | oil on canvas | Leigh, William R.

Grizzly at Bay
Leigh, William R. | Painting...
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5.91 | 1913-1915 | H: 24 in, width: 36 in, Frame height: 29 in, Frame width: 40.875 in, frame depth: 3.375 in | Grizzly at Bay | William E. Weiss Memorial Fund Purchase | Leigh accompanied Cody guides Fred Richard and Ned Frost on a bear hunt to obtain a specimen for a Colorado museum. Their hunting dogs cornered a grizzly and in the excitement Fred Richard fell. Although the bear did not harm Richard, it gave Leigh the idea to include a fallen hunter in his painting. | LR: W.R. LEIGH./1915 | 5.91.JPG | 5.91.jpg | 5.91.jpg | 5.91.jpg | 5.91.web.jpg | dog | Remington Model 8 rifle | hunters | rifle | grizzly bear | Painting | oil on canvas | Leigh, William R.

Panning Gold, Wyo...
Leigh, William R. | Painting...
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1.59 | 1949 | H: 32.25 in, width: 40 in, Frame height: 34.875 in, Frame width: 42.75 in, frame depth: 3 in | Panning Gold, Wyoming | Gift of the artist | Leigh painted Panning Gold, Wyoming late in his life, although the study for the landscape was probably painted on one of his trips to Wyoming early in the century. Although his academic training in Munich often led him to paint his figures in a mannered style, this figure of a miner exhibits a complicated but naturalistic pose. | LL: W. R. Leigh, 1949. c. | Book: exhibition catalog, La Mythologie De L' Ouest, Dans L'Art Americain 1830-1940, Laurent Salome, editor, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2007, page 203 | 1.59.jpg | 1.59.jpg | 1.59.jpg | 1.59.JPG | 1.59.jpg | 1.59.web.jpg | Wyoming | miner | stream | gold | Painting | oil on canvas | Leigh, William R.

The Lower Falls o...
Leigh, William R. | Painting...
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11.88 | 1911 | H: 36 in, width: 24 in, Frame height: 44.25 in, Frame width: 32.25 in, frame depth: 2.875 in | The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone | William E. Weiss Memorial Fund Purchase | The authorization for building a road from the town of Cody, Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park in 1900 opened possibilities for a tourist industry in the gateway town. By 1909 the road was completed. Artist Leigh traveled into Yellowstone from the Cody area with members of the Richard and Frost families. | LR: W.R. LEIGH (underlined)/1911. | Portfolio: The Yellowstone Park Foundation, Artist's Point Project, Bozeman, 2004 | 11.88.jpg | 11.88.JPG | 11.88.jpg | 11.88.web.jpg | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | William R. Leigh (1866-1955) The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone ca. 1915, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Memorial Fund Purchase Leigh traveled into Yellowstone from the Cody area in 1910. Once inside the park, the canyon and falls consumed his attention. Leigh completed this painting years later in his studio. He amplified the vibrant colors of the canyon to create depth in the painting and lead the viewer’s eye back to the falls. 11.88 | William R. Leigh (1866-1955) The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone 1911, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Fund, 11.88 | Leigh, William R.

The Sanctity of M...
Leigh, William R. | Painting...
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20.91 | 1920 | H: 40.25 in, width: 59.875 in, Frame height: 48.375 in, Frame width: 68.625 in | The Sanctity of Motherhood | Gift of Larry and Betty Lou Sheerin | Leigh made sketching trips through New Mexico and Arizona. The image of mother and child carries many associations such as the continuation of human life through new generations, devotion, tenderness. Leigh identifies it as a blessed relationship by linking an Indian mother and child with the specific religious figure of Jesus. | LRC: W.R. LEIGH/c | Hudson Valley Art Association Gold Medal Award | 20.91.jpg | 20.91.jpg | 20.91.JPG | Indian | mother | child | Jesus | Painting | oil on canvas | Leigh, William R.

The Three Tetons
Leigh, William R. | Painting...
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20.85 | 1911 | H: 24.125 in, width: 36 in, Frame height: 31.125 in, Frame width: 43.125 in, frame depth: 3 in | The Three Tetons | Gift of Michael Coleman (by exchange) | Leigh employed some stylistic innovations associated with the impressionistic artists, such as the freer application of paint. His fascination with the Teton Mountains' reflection in the lake reveals his interest in portraying optical effects. Yet he never became a true impressionist because he maintained a commitment to representing forms. | LR: W.R. LEIGH(underlined)/1911 | 20.85.jpg | 20.85.web.jpg | 20.85.JPG | 20.85.jpg | Teton Mountains | Painting | oil on canvas | Leigh, William R.