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An Artist with the Corps of Discovery
by Charles Fritz

   In 2004, this book was published in collaboration with Farcountry Press and the University of Montana Press. It features 90 color reproductions from the stunning collection of paintings by acclaimed artist Charles Fritz. These paintings capture the many fascinating and historic moments of the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as the varied landscapes through which they traveled. Written by Charles Fritz, the bookwas the companion to the traveling exhibit, An Artist with the Corps of Discovery. Enjoyable to anyone with an interest in western art or Lewis and Clark, these paintings are presented in chronological order representing their trek west in search of a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. Each painting is complemented by quotes from the journals of Lewis and Clark and other members of the Corps including fascinating historical vignettes that illustrate the explorers' trials, tribulations, and triumphs. Casting himself in the role of the Expedition's artist, Charles Fritz has traveled the entire route from St. Louis to the Pacific, painting the landscapes and people that the Corps of Discovery encountered.

"One of the most frequently asked questions on the planning of the Lewis and Clark Expedition concerns Jefferson's failure to send a professional artist with the Corps. Now, thanks to a carefully researched and historically accurate series of paintings by Montana artist Charles Fritz, Americans have the opportunity to see what Lewis and Clark observed, what they looked like, and the people they met on their way to the Pacific. This is a rare chance to step back in time and appreciate Lewis and Clark's experiences from 1803 to 1806."    Stephen Ambrose, author of the best-selling book, Undaunted Courage

 

104 Pages with 93 Color Plates