The purpose of paintings is to capture the image of something. Paintings have been around since prehistoric times and span all cultures. Paintings are seen as one image but can convey thousands of different meanings. Before photography, paintings were used to record important events. The Blanton Museum of Art is home to many different types of paintings. The paintings range from different landscapes in America to cowboys to Native Americans. There are five paintings in the Blanton Museum of Art that can convey an image and culture of the American Old West with vivid and detailed images of cowboys, Native Americans, and the landscape represented, which is an important aspect of American culture and the frontier spirit.
The paintings Sioux Village near Fort Laramie by Albert Bierstadt, Dakota Indians by William Gilbert Gaul, and Medicine Man by Charles Marion Russell all represent the frontier life for ...view middle of the document...
The paintings represent the idea of America by showing how Native Americans were resourceful and used the resources around them to sustain life. Things never went to waste and they would use their environment around them. Native Americans would learn how to adapt to their environment and survive.
The Roping by William Robinson Leigh represents life on the frontier for cowboys. The painting shows the effort of the horse and the grace of the rider trying to capture something with his rope. The setting of the painting shows a landscape of a dusty desert with all the sand being kicked up due to the fast pace of the horse. Life on the frontier for cowboys was fast paced because living out in the Old West was sometimes a dangerous place. Sometimes cowboys would own their own ranch and raised their own animals. Cowboys are the ideal symbol of the American frontier. The painting represents the idea of America by how the cowboys showed courage by being able to live out in the American Old West. It was dangerous and rough place.
Breaking the Circle by Charles Schreyvogel represents the conflict between the cowboys and Native Americans during the American Old West. The image shows cowboys and Indians fighting each other with guns and bow and arrows. Then painting also shows how intense the battle was with the image of a cowboy losing his hat and the death of one of the horses from battle. Life on the frontier was a dangerous place to live because of all the conflict there was between the cowboys and the Native Americans. There was tension, conflict arose, and lives were lost. The painting represents the idea of America because of how both Native Americans and cowboys fought in what they believe in was right. They both stood behind their beliefs.
The Blanton Museum of Art offers many paintings, which depicts many images of the American culture from the past to current events, like the American Old West. It used to be a simple life but once more people moved in the conflict between the Native Americans and cowboys arose until eventually war broke out.