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Best of the West

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The Post Blazes a Trail

In the early part of the 20th century, The Saturday Evening Post commissioned numerous illustrations that collectively helped define the American West for the rest of the country. One of the best known of these artists is N.C. Wyeth, appreciated for his wonderful sense of color and light as well as for being an authority on Western culture.

Cowboy in Profile

Cowboy and the Setting Sun, N.C. Wyeth, The Saturday Evening Post, November 30, 1907
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Romantic Vision

A full generation of Americans owe their impression of the soulful, spiritual Native American to artists like Remington Schuyler and W.H.D. Koerner. Interestingly both artists lived, studied, and worked in the east, developing a fascination with Western culture and lore from afar, before making Western art a primary focus.

Native American sitting on a high ridge, overlooking a prairie

Indian on Ridge, Remington Schuyler, The Saturday Evening Post, April 21, 1906
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Plains Indians riding horses

Plains Indians, W.H.D. Koerner, The Saturday Evening Post, March 3, 1934
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Riders

As a young man, artist Frank Hoffman settled on a working ranch in Taos, New Mexico, using his own horses and other animals as models for his paintings.

Cowgirl riding an agitated bronco

Woman on Bucking Bronco, Frank Hoffman, The Country Gentleman, April 19, 1924
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John Clymer painted more than 80 covers for the Post, many of them with Western themes. He’s known for his painstaking research and for the rich historic and geographic detail of his work.

A cowboy and his daughter leading horses through a shallow creek

Herding Horses, John Clymer, The Saturday Evening Post, September 13, 1952
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  • Carol Dixon Klein

    Schyler and Koerner pics are my favorite, the first for the deep, spiritual reflection resulting and Koerner for the sheer beauty of his art in depicting very simply, the Indian in time. This is the first time I have ever posted a comment on this site.

  • Carol Dixon Klein

    Schyler and Koerner pics are my favorite, the first for the deep, spiritual reflection resulting and Koerner for the sheer beauty of his art in depicting very simply, the Indian in time.

  • Bob McGowan, jr.

    All five of these illustrations are wonderful for their unique beauty, style and various depictions of the American West.