What is Our Fascination With Western Art?
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson purchased the territory of Louisiana from the French government for $15 million. What a buy! The Louisiana Purchase stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to New Orleans, and it doubled the size of the United States. To Jefferson, westward expansion was the key to the nation’s health: He believed that a republic depended on an independent, virtuous citizenry for its survival, and that independence and virtue went hand in hand with land ownership, especially the ownership of small farms. “Those who labor in the earth,” he wrote, “are the chosen people of God.” In order to provide enough land to sustain a growing population, the United States would have to expand. The westward expansion of the United States is one of the defining themes of 19th-century American history.
By 1840, nearly 7 million Americans–40 percent of the nation’s population–lived in the trans-Appalachian West. Most of these people had left their homes in the East in search of economic opportunity. Like Thomas Jefferson, many of these pioneers associated westward migration, land ownership and farming with freedom and a chance to prosper.
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REGADLESS OF WHY, WE DO!
Wether it was because of Western Expansion, Bufallo Bill's Showmanship, the battles between Custer and Native Americans or perhaps the Texas Rangers taming the west or historic cattle drives up the Chisholm Trail. We're obsessed with Western art, western history and western art. Timeless moveis like Lonesome Dove & Dances with Wolves have enhanced that alure and paid homage to that disappearing laifestyle. Artists, collectors and Americans alike all share the same love for the great outdoors, the western spirit and the nostalga of the Native Americans old way of life.
We at Mountain Trails Fine Art count ourselves blesseed to be albe to work with such amazing artists that share that love of the west through their sculpture and paintings. Their tireless pursit of story-telling, history and creativity bring to life so many of these beloved stories.
Contact us today to see how we can add a piece of Western art and western hitory to your home!
-Kevin and the team at Mountain Trails Fine Art