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Dubbed "the Missouri artist," George Caleb Bingham moved to the state as a child and, by the 1840s, began painting the scenes of western life for which he is now famous. Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River celebrates his iconic depictions of frontier life by bringing together his river paintings and drawings for the first time in decades.

The 22 paintings on view in Navigating the West include masterworks from the Museum’s American collection and others on loan from prominent museums and private collections. They are joined by more than 50 related drawings and prints, as well as the recently restored Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley. Painted around 1850, at the same time as Bingham’s masterworks, the 348-foot-long Panorama provides another depiction of life along the western rivers.

Navigating the West is the most extensive and ambitious of three coinciding explorations of landscape and the river in 19th-century American art. Visitors are invited to enjoy the free exhibitions Scenic Wonder: An Early American Journey Down the Hudson River and Thomas Cole’s Voyage of Life.

Co-organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Navigating the West will travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in June, 2015. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly, full-color catalogue.

[Image] George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811–1879 Jolly Flatboatmen in Port, 1857 (detail) oil on canvas 47 1/4 x 69 5/8 inches Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase 123:1944

[Image] George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811–1879 Boatman, for Boatmen on the Missouri (1846) brush, black ink, and wash over paper 9 1/2 x 8 inches Lent by Mr. and Mrs. Stuart P. Feld

[Image] George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811–1879 Skillet-beater (2), for Jolly Flatboatmen in Port (1857) and The Jolly Flatboatmen (1877–78) with alterations brush, black ink, and wash over pencil heightened with white gouache on tan wove paper 13 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches Lent by The People of Missouri, Acquired through the generosity of The Kansas City Star.


George Caleb Bingham, American, (1811–1879)
b. March 20, 1811, Virginia
d. 1879

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