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Western Traditions: Francis King Collection of Western Art

King Gallery | October 14 - January 14, 2018

About the exhibition:

When American artists began painting in the middle of the nineteenth century, they believed that by painting American landscapes in epic proportions (canvases the size of large walls) they could instill a sense of the Sublime. America as a (European) civilization was just beginning; artists used depictions of the land as its own form of history painting. By doing so, these impressive paintings became their own kind of secular faith, glorifying a fledgling country with the beauty of its lands. Painters like Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church used the vast and open expanse of land to convey emotional and romantic notions of the new frontier.

The members of the Taos society of Artists (and others) found the southwest area of the United States an inspiring place to paint. Maybe it was the altitude and wide-open spaces from the sage-dotted plains to the vast peaks of the many mountains with their forests of pines, aspens, cottonwoods, wildflowers, and wildlife. Or, maybe it was the piercingly blue and startlingly clear sky with the magnificent sunsets.

This exhibit, from the permanent collection of the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, showcases over a century of Western landscape paintings. Many of these paintings are from the Center’s cornerstone collection donated by Francis King of Pueblo.

Special events:  

Friday, November 3 | 5 PM—7 PM:  First Friday Art Walk with free admission made possible by Leslie Nazario in memory of John Hill.  Complimentary refreshments and entertainment included. 

Friday, December 1 | 5 PM—7 PM:  First Friday Art Walk with free admission made possible by the Board of Water Works of Pueblo.  Complimentary refreshments and entertainment included. 


This exhibit is made possible with the support of Linda Crawford, Dr. Michael & Tanya DeRose, and Dr. Robert & Joan Hamilton.

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