Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet: An Impressionist at Glacier National Park

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2009 - Art - 259 pages
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German Impressionist artist Julius Seyler had already made a name for himself in Europe when America beckoned. While in St. Paul, Minnesota, he encountered Louis Hill, head of the Great Northern Railroad, who wanted to encourage travel to Montana’s newly created Glacier National Park. To that end, Hill enticed the adventuresome Seyler to visit this majestic landscape and to see the Blackfeet Indians who lived there. This book marks both an appreciation of Seyler’s unique art and a fascinating glimpse into the promotion of a national park in its early years.

William E. Farr has written the first biographical portrait of Seyler, focusing on his two summers at Glacier in 1913 and 1914, his special relationship with the Blackfeet, and the magnificent art he created in the Northern Rockies. The book features more than one hundred images—many in color—including Seyler’s major works from Glacier, other paintings from his European years, and historic photographs from the park.

Seyler enjoyed wide recognition in Europe in his day, but the wartime destruction of his European works has since relegated him to obscurity. This lavish volume shows the stunning visual impact of his art and secures his place as one of the paramount portrayers of a place we still call the Crown of the Continent.

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Contents

Introduction
3
one Becoming an Artist
17
two The Call of the Rocky Mountain West
37
three Doing Glacier
59
seven plegans in paradise
173
eight Exile and Estrangement
193
Copyright

About the author (2009)

William E. Farr is a Senior Fellow at the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Montana, Missoula. He is the author of The Reservation Blackfeet, 1882-1945: A Photogaphic History of Cultural Survival and Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet: An Impressionist at Glacier National Park.