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New Exhibit Features Western Illustrators

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This exhibit highlights the Museum’s rich collections of original and published works by other Western illustrators. Developed to coincide with the exhibition “Allen True’s West,” it features many illustrators who were contemporaries of True’s.

Included are original sketches, paintings and first edition and rare volumes from the Dickinson Research Center by such artists as Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, Maynard Dixon, Dean Cornwell, Harvey Dunn, Will James, WHD Koerner and Robert Lougheed.

Allen Trues West is a traveling exhibition organized by Denver Art Museum focused on life and work of Colorado artist, illustrator, and muralist, Allen Tupper True (1881-1955).

The western-themed exhibition  is featured at the National Cowboy Western and Heritage Museum through May 15.

During the first decade of the 20th century, the Golden Age of Illustration, Allen True was one of the most important and recognized illustrators. His images appeared in numerous magazine articles and books, and he became one of the great pictorial chroniclers of the American West.

Through illustrations, artists create imagery that links history, the written word, contemporary ideas, cultural interpretation, and current artistic trends. The resulting images by artists like True influenced concepts of the American West that many still hold today.

The exhibition of Trues work includes oil paintings created and published as illustrations, illustrated books, and illustrations from magazines. True was a renowned muralist, and the exhibition features oil studies for some of his murals. Many items, some of which have never been exhibited before, are on loan from the True family.

This exhibit highlights the Museum’s rich collections of original and published works by other Western illustrators. Developed to coincide with the exhibition “Allen True’s West,” it features many illustrators who were contemporaries of True’s.

Included are original sketches, paintings and first edition and rare volumes from the Dickinson Research Center by such artists as Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, Maynard Dixon, Dean Cornwell, Harvey Dunn, Will James, WHD Koerner and Robert Lougheed.

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