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Visions of the Big Sky: Painting and Photographing the Northern Rocky Mountain West (The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West) Hardcover – April 9, 2010

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[Dan Flores is] A history professor with a touch of philosopher thrown in. Plus the power to make music with his words. You re going to love . . .absorbing the visions he shows us in words and pictures. --Rural Montana

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Dan Flores is retired as A. B. Hammond Professor of History at the University of Montana, Missoula. He is the author of numerous books, including Visions of the Big Sky: Painting and Photographing the Northern Rocky Mountain West and The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.

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  • Series: The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (April 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806138971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806138978
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a writer and former professor, born and raised in Louisiana but a resident of the American West - West Texas, Montana, now the Santa Fe area of Northern New Mexico - for more than 35 years. I spent most of my university career at the University of Montana in Missoula, where I was A. B. Hammond Professor of the History of the American West. A writing career that has so far produced ten books started with a major book on western exploration, followed by one on Indian traders in the Southwest. I went on to write several creative nonfiction and historical books about places in the American West, from the Llano Estacado and the Near Southwest to the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. Along the way I also wrote a book on the artists and photographers of the Northern Rocky Mountains, and teamed up with artist Amy Winton for a book of my photographs and her pastels of the canyons of West Texas. More recently, with American Serengeti and Coyote America - both scheduled for publication in 2016 - my focus has been nature writing and the "biographies" of animals like bison, wolves, wild horses, and especially the epic story of North America's fascinating and now most widespread small wolf, the coyote. My articles and essays on the environment, art, and culture of the West have appeared in magazines such as Texas Monthly, Orion, Wild West, Southwest Art, High Country News, and The Big Sky Journal, for which I wrote a column, "Images of the American West," for eight years. My books and articles have been honored by the Western History Association, the Western Writers of America, the High Plains Book Awards, the Montana Book Awards, the Oklahoma Book Awards, the Denver Public Library, the National Cowboy Museum, the Montana Historical Society, the Texas State Historical Association, and the University of Oklahoma Press.

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The latest addition to the impressive University of Oklahoma Press 'The Charles M. Russell Series on Art and Photography of the American West', "Visions of the Big Sky: Painting and Photographing the Northern Rocky Mountain West" is a 234-page compendium in which Dan Flores (the A. B. Hammond Professor of History, University of Montana, Missoula) draws upon his years of experience and expertise to showcase the artists and photographers who sought to capture to beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountain West from the Wind River Range to the Canadian border country. From prehistoric rock art, to iconic photographs of Native Americans, to museum quality paintings by the likes of Charlie Russell and his contemporaries, Professor Flores essays are enhanced with 140 color and black/white illustrations. Of special note is the attention paid to female western artists Fra Dana, Evelyn Cameron, and Emily Carr. "Visions Of The Big Sky" is a core addition to academic and community library reference collections, and especially recommended to the attention of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the iconic images of the American West.
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This book has an introduction and 25 chapters which are basically the author's musings on various artists and photographers whose work crossed paths with Montana & Wyoming at some point. I've read more than half the book but not in sequence. Each chapter is about 3.5 to 4 pages. Everything so far has been pretty good. Once in a while I disagree with a statement (unless I didn't quite understand the point) and other times think that Flores made some good points. There's also lots of illustrations. This is one of those books that you read with a cup of coffee trying to relax after a day at work (wanting nothing more than to forget some of the undesirable people that you work with... oh, how did that slip in there?).
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This is the most stunning book! You get essays on history, nature, painters and photographers.
It is a visual feast. The pictures inside are simply remarkable.
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