Olaf Wieghorst: Painter of the American West

May 03, 2002 – September 02, 2002

Wieghorst painted the West as it was coming to a close. He experienced the West firsthand – serving on border patrol for the U.S. Cavalry in Texas, working as a cowboy, and visiting Native American reservations. His paintings reflect a realism and historical accuracy not found in other artist’s work.

Wieghorst’s paintings and sculpture portray the importance of the horse and mule in early transportation, the changing culture of the Native Americans and Mexicans in the western U.S., the role of the U.S. Cavalry, and the ranching industry.