Russell, Charles Marion

Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926)

Charles Russell was as famous for his personal character as he was for his artistic career. A simple and modest man, he left the Midwest to pursue a life on the frontier. While residing primarily in Montana for the remainder of his life, Russell, or “Cowboy Charlie”, went on to become the state’s favorite son and achieve great renown for his depictions of the American West.

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Wild Bill Hickok (James Butler Hickock)

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok

Unlike the Hollywood nice guy from 1950′s television, the real Wild Bill Hickok was a born killer and compulsive gambler.

Between his birth as James Butler Hickok in 1837 and his 1876 death, Hickok defined the fiercely independent Wild West peacekeeper that never stayed long in one place. Raised to anti-slavery parents in Illinois, Hickok developed a strong sense of loyalty and duty that lasted his entire life. [...] Click here to continue reading.


Hill, Thomas – American Western Landscape Artist

Thomas Hill (British/American, 1829 to 1908)

Thomas Hill is considered one of the foremost landscape painters of the American West. Born in Birmingham, England, Hill came to the United States a young painter in 1844. His family settled in Massachusetts where Hill apprenticed to a coach painter. In 1853 Hill attended figure painting classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Peter Frederick Rothermel (1817-1895). Hill became a successful portraitist [...] Click here to continue reading.


James Rogers Lamantia – American Artist

James Rogers Lamantia (American, 1923-2011)

James Lamantia was a noted architect, artist and Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Tulane University. A graduate of Tulane and Harvard Universities and a Rome Scholar, Lamantia worked in architectural firms in both New Orleans and New York. Lamantia was also an accomplished painter; he exhibited his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Chicago Art Institute among others. Most recently [...] Click here to continue reading.


Adolph Gottlieb – American Artist

Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974)

Adolph Gottlieb began a storied career under the leadership of John Sloan and Robert Henri at the Art Students League of New York. Departing for Paris in 1921 to study at the Academie de la Grand Chaumiere before returning to New York in 1923. Gottlieb’s career is described as having four phases: Pictographs (1940s), Grids and Imaginary Landscapes (1951-1957), Busts (1957-1974), and Imaginary Landscapes (1960s). Gottlieb is perhaps best known [...] Click here to continue reading.


Benton Henderson Clark – American Artist & Illustrator

Benton Henderson Clark (American, 1895-1964)

First learning drawing under the leadership of artist Arthur Woelfle, Clark went on to study painting at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1913. By 1915 Clark had arrived at the Chicago Art Institute where it is believed he sold a group of his first illustrations. Benton is perhaps best known from his western illustrations appearing in The Saturday Evening Post, McCalls, and Good Housekeeping.

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Thrasher, Charles Leslie – American Artist & Illustrator

Charles Leslie Thrasher (1889-1936)

The editors of Liberty magazine, which first appeared on the newstand in 1924, prided themselves on innovation – any innovation that would broaden their readership. One of their most successful and appealing ideas was the “continuity cover”, and the artist who took the assignment was Leslie Thrasher. For six years, Thrasher created a cover a week for $1,000 each, depicting the lives of a middle-class couple and their extended family, [...] Click here to continue reading.


Adeline Oppenheim Guimard – American Artist

Adeline Oppenheim Guimard (American, born 1872)

Adeline Oppenheim was a woman of means who resided in New York City and Paris. She exhibited at the Paris Salon and is housed in various American museums. She married Hector Guimard, who was a famous French architect in the Art Nouveau style. They lived in Paris in the avenue Mozart and they were thought to have fled France in the late 1930s to New York City.

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Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is in New York City and connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was designed by John Augustus Roebling as a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge. Roebling was killed in an accident just before construction started in 1869. His son Washington A. Roebling who had assisted his father in the design of the Brooklyn bridge and several other projects then took over the job of chief engineer at the [...] Click here to continue reading.


Norton Bush – American Artist

Norton Bush (American, 1834 to 1894)

Norton Bush was born in Rochester, New York on February 22, 1834. As a teenager he studied in the studios of Jasper Cropsey and James Harris. He received criticism from Frederick Church who was already famous for his lush tropical scenes. It was Church who encouraged Bush to paint tropicals. Bush came to San Francisco in 1853 via the Isthmus of Panama and the Chagres River. He remained [...] Click here to continue reading.


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