is an integral part of the Western History collection.
The library collects works of original art and other
illustrative materials of historical and aesthetic interest.
This comprehensive art collection includes work by master
artists who have made important contributions to the
study of the West. Rare and important works by Frederic
Remington, Charles Russell, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas
Moran and Alfred Jacob Miller figure prominently in
the collection. Prints include fine examples of George
Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, as well as
engravings and lithographs after Karl Bodmer, James
Otto Lewis and Charles Bird King.
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library's Western art collection also includes paintings
and works on paper by significant artists of the Rocky
Mountain region, including Charles Partridge Adams,
Richard Tallant, Harvey Otis Young and Helen Chain.
The collection is especially strong in its abundance
of original artwork by these 19th century landscapists
who painted in Colorado, inspired by the mountain scenery.
This includes work by many of the women, such as Henrietta
Bromwell, Elisabeth Spalding, Emma Richardson Cherry,
who were active figures in the Denver Artists' Club
and were instrumental in the eventual founding of the
Denver Art Museum. Through these regional artists, one
can trace the beginnings of organized art activity in
collection includes leading Denver artists of the early
20th century, including work by Henry Read, head of
the Denver Art Commission, Allen Tupper True and Frank
Mechau, Colorado's leading muralists, and master etcher,
George Elbert Burr. The department has original artwork
by leading Colorado artists who participated in the
Federal Art Project of the 1930s. They include Edgar
Britton, Nadine Drummond, Ethel Magafan and Louise and
Arnold Ronnebeck. We have continued collecting through
the mid-20th century and the collection includes the
work of Colorado modernists such as John E. Thompson,
William Sanderson, Vance Kirkland and Angelo Di Benedetto.
portrait of a Mandan warrior.
History art collection is viewed and enjoyed by art
connoisseurs, students of all ages, and the general
public. It is an easily accessible research tool for
those studying the history of art in the West and, as
such, is an indispensable part of the department's holdings
in American western history.