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The Majesty of the Grand Canyon: 150 Years…

The Majesty of the Grand Canyon: 150 Years in Art

by Joni Kinsey

Other authors: James E. Babbitt (Foreword), Arnold Skolnick (Designer)

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Wonderful pics, mediocre writing. ( )
  untraveller | Apr 11, 2016 |
A book very much about the Grand Canyon and the art it has inspired from the 1850s to the end of the twentieth century. While predominantly paintings, oils and watercolours, there are also a few photographs and some etchings and drawings. Following the Foreword and Introduction, the book is divided into eight sections which include several discussions of the artists, the effect of the railway and other excursions, and contemporary views. There are also scattered throughout the book interesting short historical quotations from various sources. However the text is fairly minimal in relation to the number or power of the illustrations. The book also provides a selected bibliography.

There are about sixty artists represented by their work, some by just one painting, others by as many as many as six or more. Included in the latter group are Louis Akin, Thomas Moran and Gunnar M Winfross. The text discusses the art and artists often in comparison and always very much in association with the Grand Canyon and the reciprocal effects.

It is a very attractive and due to the paintings an extremely colourful book, illustrated throughout in full colour (apart from the obvious black and white photographs). Most of the pictures are reproduced large to full page and several occupy up to two pages. The wide landscape format of the book is well suited to the many panoramic views (the book measures 9.75" x 11.5"). The quality of reproduction is excellent with the texture of paint and brushwork often clearly evident. On account of the well in excess of 100 illustrations to which the adjectives dramatic, sublime, ethereal can be freely applied, this is without doubt a most imposing book. ( )
  presto | Apr 24, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0764929569, Hardcover)

Little was known about America’s most famous natural wonder until 1869, when John Wesley Powell traveled the full length of the Grand Canyon by boat. He returned each year; in 1873 he introduced it to artist Thomas Moran, whose brazenly colored, grand scale portrayals of the canyon stunned the public. In 1908, Moran’s work prompted President Theodore Roosevelt to declare the Grand Canyon a national monument; by 1919, Congress had established Grand Canyon National Park.

As the Santa Fe Railway opened up the Southwest, in 1892 the company began hiring artists to paint scenes of the Grand Canyon, including Moran, W. R. Leigh, and Louis Akin. Today, artists are still capturing the splendor of the Grand Canyon: Ed Mell, Clark Hulings, Wilson Hurley, Frank Mason, P. A. Nisbet, Bruce Aiken, and Earl Carpenter are among the contemporary artists represented in The Majesty of the Grand Canyon.

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