Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fanciful American bison at Carter Museum

In 2009, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to catalog and digitize the entire works on paper collection, which is comprised of over 7,000 drawings, watercolors, and prints. Museum staff is posting some of the newly digitized work on its blog with this comment: "You’ll notice that these are unusually whimsical images, most likely drawn by Europeans who had not seen the American bison (or his friend, the deer) in person." As an example, here's a 1790 (approx.) etching by Swiss artist Johann Rudolf Holzhalb (1723-1806), "Americanischer Aur-Ochs. Bos Bison." For more, go to