The American Old West (often referred to as the Old West or Wild West) comprises the history, geography, peoples, lore, and cultural expression of life in the Western United States, most often referring to the period of the latter half of the 19th century, between the American Civil War and the end of the century. After the eighteenth century and the push beyond the Appalachian Mountains, the term is generally applied to anywhere west of the Mississippi River in earlier periods and westward from the frontier strip toward the latter part of the 19th century. More broadly, the period stretches from the early 19th century to the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920.
Through treaties with foreign nations and native peoples, political compromise, technological innovation, military conquest, establishment of law and order, and the great migrations of foreigners, the United States expanded from coast to coast (Atlantic Ocean-to-Pacific Ocean), fulfilling its belief in Manifest Destiny. In securing and managing the West, the U.S. federal government greatly expanded its powers, as the nation grew from an agrarian society to an industrialized nation. First promoting settlement and exploitation of the land, by the end of the 19th century the federal government became a steward of the remaining open spaces. As the American Old West passed into history, the myths of the West took firm hold in the imagination of Americans and foreigners alike. (From Wikipedia)
The wild west of the late 1800s was a vast country of flowing creeks and huge mountains covered in snow. The American Indian covered the vast lands with wild cattle and horses . These mythic real art paintings , show the real western expansion. Paitings show a new beginning, with new land for animals to run wild . The wild west stories of rough mountain man, pooches, and Indian roaming the lands.
Artists paint a visual picture of how the west, use to be from the earliest time, were the indigenous tribes lived in the mountains.
Western landscapes featuring the Hudson River Valley is a panoramic view of a great land mark of the time. Also art of the Grand Canyon illustrates the best paintings of Wyoming and Yellowstone national park .
These paintings are viewed as instrumental pices of art that shows mythic views of the Grand Canyon and American West. (From oldwestart.com)
A number of visual artists focused their work on representations of the American Old West. American West-oriented art is sometimes referred to as "Western Art" by Americans. This relatively new category of art includes paintings, sculptures and sometimes Native American crafts. Initially, subjects included exploration of the Western states and cowboy themes. Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell are two artists who captured the "Wild West" on canvas. Frederic Sackrider Remington was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U.S.
Artist George Catlin traveled up the Missouri as far as present-day North Dakota, producing accurate paintings of Native American culture. He was supplemented by Karl Bodmer, who accompanied the Prince Maximilian expedition, and made compelling landscapes and portraits.
Some art museums and art collectors feature American Western Art. (From Wikipedia)