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Western Expansion & Art Project

Manifest Destiny, etc.
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Melisa Ribera

on 26 May 2011

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Transcript of Western Expansion & Art Project

Western Expansion & Art Manifest Destiny Charles M. Russell There were many people involved in the spread
of the ideal of Manifest Destiny. John L. O’Sullivan
who coined the term, and artists like Frederick Remington,
Charles Russell, John Gast, and Emanuel Leutze who
portrayed the conflicts, mass movement, and the idea
of manifest destiny itself. Native Americans Whether they were desired or not,
Native Americans were present during
westward expansion.
Art during westward expansionism
portayed Native Americans in two very
distinct ways: With optimism, or... ...with abhorrence. A Progressive Perspective In very few paintings, Indians were featured in a
positive context.
This included their portrayal as durable settlers
on the rough, unforgiving plains.
In these such paintings, the Indians have settled
on what the expansionist Americans so desire
and admire. A Detestable Disposition More frequently than not, Native Americans
continued to receive a less than respectable
bearing in the minds of westward wandering
Americans.
Indians maintained their status as savages
amongst westward moving Americans.
Painting depicting barbaric indians and
settler's triumphs over them remained
popular. Charles M. Russel was a western artist in
the late 1800's.
Despite not having been painting during
westard expansion itself, Russell's fascination
with the west pushed him to portray the
often harsh reality of the west. This painting by Emanuel Leutze shows the masses that would go west in search of better lives. The conditions on these trips were tough, dirty, and dangerous.
They were willing to go on these treks because conditions in the cities were atrocious. The cities were overcrowded and lives in the untamed west appealed to many more than the cities. Manifest Destiny, The idea that the US was Destined to expand from seas to sea which was coined by John L. Sullivan, was the reasoning behind many americans in their journey westward. Frederick Remington Frederick Remington was known for painting about the west which includes ones about the indians, cowboys, and the battles involving the American Cavalry. Emanuel Leutze Emanuel Leutze was a German-American painter who was commisioned to paint Westward Course of the Empire Takes its Way and Washington Crossing the Delaware. Westward Course of the Empire Takes its Way
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