Karl Bodmer's America Revisited: Landscape Views Across Time (The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West)

Karl Bodmer's America Revisited: Landscape Views Across Time (The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West)

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 0806138319

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Less than thirty years after Lewis and Clark completed their epic journey, Prince Maximilian of Wied—a German naturalist—and his entourage set off on their own daring expedition across North America. Accompanying the prince on this 1832–34 voyage was Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, whose drawings and watercolors—designed to illustrate Maximilian’s journals—now rank among the great treasures of nineteenth-century American art. This lavishly illustrated book juxtaposes Bodmer’s landscape images with modern-day photographs of the same views, allowing readers to see what has changed, and what seems unchanged, since the time Maximilian and Bodmer made their storied trip up the Missouri River.

To discover how the areas Bodmer depicted have changed over time, photographer Robert M. Lindholm and anthropologist W. Raymond Wood made several trips over a period of years, from 1985 to 2002, to locate and record the same sites—all the way from Boston Harbor, where Maximilian and Bodmer began their journey, to Fort McKenzie, in modern-day western Montana. Pairing sixty-seven Bodmer works side by side with Lindholm’s photographs of the same sites, this volume uses the comparison of old and new images to reveal alterations through time—and the encroachment of a built environment—across diverse landscapes. 

Karl Bodmer’s America Revisited is at once a tribute to the artistic achievements of a premier landscape artist and a photographer who followed in his footsteps, and a valuable record of America’s ever-changing environment.

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Dakota 148–149 Apostle Rock , Montana 114–115 Vincennes, Indiana 150–151 Seven Sisters, Montana 116–117 Niagara Falls, New York 152–153 Notes 155 References 157 Index 159 Lindholm/Wood BODMER book.indb 7 2/7/13 5:17 PM Lindholm/Wood BODMER book.indb 8 2/7/13 5:17 PM for eword David C. Hunt English-born Samuel Seymour was the first professional artist to venture west of the Mississippi when he joined Major Stephen Long’s expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1819. Titian Ramsay Peale,

quickly popularized. In Bodmer’s time, not as many options for viewing existed as there are today. On both banks, visitors can now view the falls from parks as well as observation towers, boats, platforms on Goat Island, and the Rainbow Bridge downstream. Bodmer’s painting remains among the finest ever made of the falls. Lindholm/Wood BODMER book.indb 153 153 2/7/13 5:40 PM Lindholm/Wood BODMER book.indb 154 2/7/13 5:40 PM notes Introduction 17. In Gallagher and Sears 1996: 50. The

quickly popularized. In Bodmer’s time, not as many options for viewing existed as there are today. On both banks, visitors can now view the falls from parks as well as observation towers, boats, platforms on Goat Island, and the Rainbow Bridge downstream. Bodmer’s painting remains among the finest ever made of the falls. Lindholm/Wood BODMER book.indb 153 153 2/7/13 5:40 PM Lindholm/Wood BODMER book.indb 154 2/7/13 5:40 PM notes Introduction 17. In Gallagher and Sears 1996: 50. The

make sense of the mountains of natural history data that were flooding in from all over the globe. Maximilian believed that humankind was but one species divided into varieties, though he still assumed that European civilization surpassed that of all other cultures. In Brazil, the prince found that the natives, as he would again find in the western United States, were the intellectual and biological equals of whites. Maximilian’s observations contain few of the patronizing comments made by so

to keep his watercolors dry, for moisture on them would have been disastrous. Thus preserved, Bodmer’s images close the gap in time between the expedition introduction 10 Lindholm/Wood BODMER book.indb 10 2/7/13 5:18 PM Interior of a Mandan Earth Lodge. Created over a period of several days, this is perhaps Bodmer’s most-reproduced ethnographic image. Watercolor and ink on paper, 111/4 × 16 7∕8 in. (JAM 1986.49.261.A). and today’s world. They do even more: John Sears wrote, “One of the

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