The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

attention from scholars and students alike. In doing so, they provide
valuable historical perspective rather than preachments. They recog-
nize, for example, that racism and exploitation often prevailed to
a deplorable degree in the West, but also that idealism, vigor, and
freshness have been evident as well. In short, they contribute sig-
nificant information and provocative interpretations which deserve
widespread attention.
University of Missouri, Columbia LEWIs ATHERTON
The Art of the Old West. By Shirley Glubok. (New York: The Mac-
millan Company, 1971. Pp. 48. Illustrations. $5.95-)
The Art of the Southwest Indians. By Shirley Glubok. (New York:
The Macmillan Company, 1971. Pp. 48. Illustrations. $5.95-)
These books, designed for children, serve their purpose well. Within
the brief format, they introduce readers to the principal artists of
the white man's frontier and to the art forms of southwestern Indians.
The author has chosen illustrations so that they are completely in-
tegrated with the text to support and extend its instruction. Unfbr-
tunately, except for the covers and dust jackets, the pictures are
not reproduced in full color as they should be, especially considering
the books' prices.
The Art of the Old West offers introductory comments about and
reproductions of the work of Titian R. Peale, George Catlin, Peter
Rindisbacher, Karl Bodmer, Alfred Jacob Miller, Seth Eastman, James
Walker, Paul Kane, George Caleb Bingham, Charles Nahl, Albert
Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Carl C. A. Christensen, Frederic Reming-
ton, Charles M. Russell, Robert Henri, and Georgia O'Keeffe. It
also deals with such sculptors as James Earle Fraser and Cyrus Dallin.
The author discusses early photographers of the West, including
Thomas Eakins (who used photographs as preliminary sketches for
his paintings), William Henry Jackson, Jack Hillers, Timothy O'Sul-
livan, and Edward Curtis.
With The Art of the Southwest Indians the focus shifts to artifacts,
since individual artists or artisans were largely anonymous. At the
1971 conference of the Western History Association, the Indian
painter Fritz Scholder commented that artistic expression has been
completely innate to Indians. Lacking an alphabet, Indians told

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