Less than thirty years after Lewis and Clark completed their
epic journey, Prince Maximilian of Wied--a German naturalist--and
his entourage set off on their own daring expedition across North
America. Accompanying the prince on this 1832-34 voyage was Swiss
artist Karl Bodmer, whose drawings and watercolors--designed to
illustrate Maximilian's journals--now rank among the great
treasures of nineteenth-century American art. This lavishly
illustrated book juxtaposes Bodmer's landscape images with
modern-day photographs of the same views, allowing readers to see
what has changed, and what seems unchanged, since the time
Maximilian and Bodmer made their storied trip up the Missouri
To discover how the areas Bodmer depicted have changed over
time, photographer Robert M. Lindholm and anthropologist W. Raymond
Wood made several trips over a period of years, from 1985 to 2002,
to locate and record the same sites--all the way from Boston
Harbor, where Maximilian and Bodmer began their journey, to Fort
McKenzie, in modern-day western Montana. Pairing sixty-seven Bodmer
works side by side with Lindholm's photographs of the same sites,
this volume uses the comparison of old and new images to reveal
alterations through time--and the encroachment of a built
environment--across diverse landscapes.
"Karl Bodmer's America""Revisited" is at once a tribute to the
artistic achievements of a premier landscape artist and a
photographer who followed in his footsteps, and a valuable record
of America's ever-changing environment.
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