Idols of the Mandan
ARTIST KARL BODMER
FROM Travels in the Interior of North America
TITLE Tab. 25 Idols of the Mandan
CONDITION Aquatint engraving on wove paper.
Sheet size: 19 x 15 inches.
With the artist's blindstamp. Framed.
DATE Paris, London and Coblenz: 1839-42
In 1832, German Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied an avid explorer and naturalist, proposed an expedition to Amrrica. Maximilian was determined to employ a trained artist to visually document the journey. He hired the young, academically trained Swiss artist Karl Bodmer. It was a fortuitous choice. Once arrived in America, Bodmer and Maximilian met with famed explorer William Clark who advised them on their route up the Missouri River. Bodmer and Maximilian spent two years traveling as far as Fort Mackenzie in Montana. Bodmer with a printmaker's eye for detail, created an astonishing record of the native peoples, wildlife and unspoiled American landscape they observed. The engravings published in ther epic atlas, Travels in the Interior of North America shaped the way we think about the American west today.
Uncolored engraving shows masterful detail in this moonlit nocturne.