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George Catlin’s American Buffalo

Published by GILES in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 136 pages, 280 x 254 mm (10 x 11 in), portrait

Illustrations — 59 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£30.00/US$49.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-32-8

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"The fully illustrated, 213-page catalog written by Harris is interesting and informative" Stephen May, Antiques and the Arts Weekly

"A rich and colorful companion book" Brown Alumni Magazine

Catlin’s vibrant artwork and eloquent writings leave the reader with a deeper understanding of the continued importance of conservation and environmental protection, especially in the light of current debates over fracking and shale gas extraction.

Accompanies a major travelling exhibition: National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY, May 10, 2013–August 25, 2013; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, October 1, 2013–December 29, 2013; Wichita Art Museum, KS, February 1, 2014–May 11, 2014; Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL, October 4, 2014–January 1, 2015; Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, NC, February 12, 2015–May 3, 2015

About the Book

This volume presents 40 oil paintings by George Catlin (1796–1872), one of the first artists of European descent to travel up the Missouri river following the buffalo and the native Americans who hunted them. On the Oklahoma prairie, Catlin witnessed a landscape blackened by millions of bison, and recorded the traditions of its indigenous people. 180 years after he embarked on his quest to reach ‘every tribe of Indians on the Continent of North America’ Catlin’s art, life and career remain the focus of great interest. On one level Catlin’s paintings offer an insight into 19th-century American ideas about the land and animals of the Continent. But he was also the first to champion the notion of a national park to protect the buffalo and native American people, that he portrayed so vividly in his paintings. Many of the artist’s own journal entries accompany the featured paintings; together they present a complex character, whose vision still informs much of today’s ecological debate about the future of America’s Great Plains.

About the Author(s)

Adam Duncan Harris has been the Petersen Curator of Art and Research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since 2000. He has written extensively on art, most recently Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct (2012), George McLean: The Living Landscape (2010) and Wildlife in American Art: Masterworks from the National Museum of Wildlife Art (2009).