Yakima Memory

The Art of Karl Bodmer

The Art of Karl Bodmer

 

This is a collection of color prints based on the work of Karl Bodmer (1809-1893), a Swiss artist who traveled through the American interior from 1832 to1834. These prints rank with the finest Western art in any medium. The 1837-38 smallpox epidemic that killed more than half the Blackfeet and almost all the Mandan makes Bodmer's work the primary account of what became lost cultures. Each print is based on a Bodmer original pencil or watercolor sketch, which was then refined and prepared for publication as an aquatint engraving. The popularity of Bodmer’s work and the absence of copyright protection ensured that the prints were repeatedly pirated and re-published. Thus, there is no way to say for certain when or from where these prints originated. See Karl Bodmer's North American Prints for further reading. Available from Yakima Valley Libraries.

Recent Submissions

  • Smithsonian Institution (Smithsonian Institution, 1954)
    An exhibition index and descriptive text for the 1954 Smithsonian traveling exhibition of Bodmer's original sketches and watercolors. Green wraps. 25 pp. 9 bw plates. Short essays by Karl Viktor Prinz zu Wied and John C. ...
  • Bodmer, Karl (1843)
    A full-length double portrait by Bodmer, composed from sketches made during the winter of 1833-1834. On the left stands Sih-Chidä (`Yellow Feather') a young warrior who was fascinated by Bodmer's work. His portrait was ...
  • Bodmer, Karl (derivative)
    Hand-colored aquatint engraving by Hürlimann after Bodmer, blind stamp. Bodmer painted this portrait of Mexkemáuastan (`Stirring Iron'), a Gros Ventre chief and medicine man, in 1833.
  • Bodmer, Karl (First state of this work was prepared for publication in TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF NORTH AMERICA, which was originally published by Ackermann and Co, London., derivative)
    There are multiple works that use this same title, all by Bodmer. An elaborately composed grouping of Indian artifacts based on drawings made of items that Prince Maximilian purchased and brought back to Europe as well as ...
  • Máto-Tópe (Le Magasin pittoresque, derivative)
    Self portrait of the artist wearing full feather headdress, in hand-to-hand combat with a Cheyenne chief.
  • Bodmer, Karl (First state of this work was prepared for publication in TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF NORTH AMERICA, which was originally published by Ackermann and Co, London., derivative)
    Hand-coloured aquatint engraving by Paul Legrand after Bodmer, blindstamp. This powerful portrait of Péhriska-Rúhpa ('Two Ravens') presents the warrior and chief of the Hidatsa as a figure of great dignity. His shirt is ...
  • Bodmer, Karl (First state of this work was prepared for publication in TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF NORTH AMERICA, which was originally published by Ackermann and Co, London., derivative)
    A full-length double-portrait composed by Bodmer from individual portraits executed at Fort Union in June of 1833. The figure in the foreground is Pitätapiú, a young warrior and member of the Stone band. The name of the ...
  • Bodmer, Karl (Paris, Coblenz and London, 1840-06-01)
    Aquatint of a group of Indians, some on foot and some on horseback. The first state of this image was published about 1840.
  • Ewers, John C. (UNKNOWN, 1954)
    A typed copy of Ewer's article in the Bodmer booklet to accompany the traveling exhibition put on by The Smithsonian Institution. See EPM-064-12-002.