Painting The Wild Frontier: The Art And Adventures Of George Catlin

Painting The Wild Frontier: The Art And Adventures Of George Catlin

  • Publish Date: 2008-08-25
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Susanna Reich
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George Catlin is one of Americas best-known painters, famous for his iconic portraits of Native Americans. He spent much of his life in the wilderness, sketching and painting as he traveled. A solo trek across 500 miles of uncharted prairie, an expedition to the Andes, harrowing encounters with grizzly bears and panthers, and tours of the royal palaces of Europe were among his many adventures. In an era when territorial expansion resulted in the near annihilation of many indigenous cultures, George Catlin dedicated himself to meeting and writing about the native peoples of the western hemisphere. With his Indian Gallery of paintings and artifacts, he toured the United States and Europe, stirring up controversy and creating a sensation.
Award-winning author Susanna Reich combines excerpts from Catlins letters and notes with vivid depictions of his far-flung travels. Generously illustrated with archival prints and photos and Catlins own magnificent paintings, here is a rollicking, accessible biography that weaves meticulously researched history into a fascinating frontier and jungle adventure story.

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