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American visions (Television program : 1997)


American visions. The Wilderness and the West [videorecording] / written & presented by Robert Hughes ; a Planet 24 production in association with BBC Television ; a Time Inc.-BBC co-production ; produced in association with Thirteen/WNET.

Other Title

The wilderness and the west

American Progess (reproduction)

Westward the Star of Empire Takes Its Way - Near Council Bluffs, Iowa (reproduction)


[Alexandria, VA] : PBS Home Video, [1997]


1 videocassette (58 minutes) : sound, color with b&w sequences ; 1/2 inches.


Sound and Video


Cole, Thomas,--1801-1848.

Audubon, John James,--1785-1851.

Bierstadt, Albert,--1830-1902.

Leutze, Emanuel,--1816-1868.

Catlin, George,--1796-1872.

Church, Frederick Edwin,--1826-1900.

Remington, Frederic,--1861-1909.

Moran, Thomas,--1837-1926.

Jackson, William Henry,--1843-1942.

Boone, Daniel,--1734-1820--Portraits.

Gast, John,--1842-1896--Illustrations.

Melrose, Andrew,--1836-1901--Illustrations.

Currier & Ives.

Art, American--History.

Painters--United States.

Art, American--Themes, motives.

Nature (Aesthetics)

Art and religion--United States.

Landscape painting, American--History.

Railroads in art.

Indians of North America--Portraits.

Crazy Horse Mountain (S.D.)

United States--Civilization.

West (U.S.)--In art.

United States--Territorial expansion--Pictorial works.

Yellowstone National Park--In art.


Television programs.--lcsh

Other Author

Hughes, Robert, 1938-

Slotkin, Richard, 1942-

Ryan, James.

Amiotte, Arthur.

Planet 24 (Firm)

British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service.

Time Warner, Inc.

WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)

PBS Home Video

Autry Museum of the American West. Collection reproduction.


Originally produced in 1966 for PBS.


Includes collection reproductions from Autry Museum of the American West (92.126.1; 92.147.1)

An eight part series presenting American history through its visual art, painting, sculpture, architecture and monuments. In this third segment as majestic primal America fosters the idea of landscape as God’s fingerprint, landscape painting holds deep religious and patriotic connotations. Soon, the belief in Manifest Destiny is embodied in art. Traveling from Yellowstone to the Hudson Valley, Hughes explores the artists Thomas Cole, John Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, John Gast, Currier & Ives, Emanuel Leutze, George Catlin, Frederick Church, Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran and William Jackson. In their work he finds the conflicting impulses to worship the land and to conquer it, to create a myth of the West just as the frontier is closing.

Call Number

N 6505 .A44 1997 (VIDEO)

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