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Painter:
Gast, John  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of the American West 4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles California 90027
Date:
1872
Notes:
Christie, Manson & Woods, International, Sale 7458 (May 28, 1992), lot 39.
American Heritage, Vol. IX, No. 3, April, 1958.
Summary:
A woman with long blond hair, dressed in classical style in a flowing white gown that is off one shoulder, floats westward through the air. She is the figure of "Progress", and on her forehead is a gold star, the "Star of Empire." In her proper right arm she holds a book, and telegraph wire is looped around her elbow. In her proper left hand she is trailing the telegraph wire westward. On the ground below her, three trains travel westward, as do a stagecoach, a covered wagon, farmers with cattle, and men on horseback, including a pony express rider. In the left side of the painting, Indians and buffalo are retreating westward from Progress, leaving behind buffalo skeletons.
Topic:
Allegory--Other--Progress  Search this
Allegory--Other--Civilization  Search this
Allegory--Place--America  Search this
History--United States--Westward Expansion  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Animal--Buffalo  Search this
Travel--Land--Train  Search this
Travel--Land--Carriage  Search this
Travel--Land--Wagon  Search this
Landscape--United States  Search this
Control number:
IAP 81881012
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_219837