Westward Visions Prints by Karl Bodmer and George Catlin
Westward Visions Prints by Karl Bodmer and George Catlin from the Collection of A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor will be exhibiting prints from the collection of A.G. Edwards from June 25 through September 18, 2004. These series of works by noted artist-explorers Karl Bodmer and George Catlin have become important sources of ethnographic and geographic information on the land and people of the Louisiana Purchase Territory. In the 1830s, both men made separate journeys up the Missouri River and throughout the West to record the landscape, wildlife, and customs of Native Americans. Catlin produced hundreds of portraits and portrayals of Native American life representing almost 40 different tribes. Bodmer’s patron, Prince Maximilian of Wied, published Bodmer’s images in Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-34, as an account of their extended and often close contact with a number of tribes indigenous to the Great Plains.
A.G. Edwards, an investment firm based in St. Louis, Missouri, maintains a collection of art that includes prints, photography, and vintage posters. In 1991, A.G. Edwards created the traveling exhibit program, encouraging branch offices to partner with local art institutions to bring a selection of the corporate collection to their communities. Since its inception, the program has collaborated with more than 50 institutions. WESTWARD VISIONS Prints by Karl Bodmer and George Catlin from the Collection of A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. is underwritten by the Bangor office.