The old west has been portrayed truly and falsely through art, music, and literature fromthe late 1800's and early 1900's up till this day when illustrated through movies. Artistic expression and communication presented the realities and illusions of the old west, some of which attracted various people there, while keeping others at home. Beginning with art, one of the main painters of these years (1860-1900) was Frederick Remmington. He painted over 2,700 pictures of the frontier. One example is Stamped by lighting.
He also painted the Calvary charge on the southern planes. Remmington portrayed the west truthfully. For example, He didnt paint the Indians as savages, but as people. Another artist of this period was Charles Russell. He portrayed the bad guy of the west as a tall, dark colored man with black hair and a black hat. Another artist of this period was Thomas Cole, who specialized in portraying the beauty and grandeur of America.
Then there was the two Peale brothers, Raphael le and Rembrandt, who also did many paintings of the west in their time. The beauty of the west was shown in artistic expression, which was a gravitation for people to go west. In the field of music, many of the musical compositions portrayed the west as asad lonely place, which was true. The Streets of Lora do, was about a man who died very lonely. Oh my Darling Clementine, was about how miners lived in the west. Ive Been Working on the Railroad was what it was like to be a railroad worker, which was very hard, and long work.
Similar to music, the literature of Mark Twain was about how miserable life in the west was. One piece written by Twain was called Roughing it. Twain's writing is also his place where realism and place of language, memorable characters, and hatred of hypocrisy and oppression find an outlet. Brett Harte wrote The outcast of Poker Flat.
(1869) He was best known for his works of local color set in the west. A popular show back then, wasBuffal Bill Codes Wild West show. All in all, the myths of the west are part of what makes the whole image more interesting. But knowing the difference between the truths and the myths is important. Thats why art, music, and literature are so significant..