By 1986, when the Amon Carter celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary, its collection had expanded from Mr. Carter’s collection of 400 works to nearly 6,400 objects.
In addition to the Amon Carter’s expansive holdings of works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, the two greatest artists of the American West, the museum’s painting collection houses many other riches. Among them are nineteenth-century landscapes by Hudson River School painters, including Thomas Cole and Frederic Church; trompe-l’oeil still lifes by masters such as William Harnett and John Frederick Peto; fine examples of American impressionism, including works by William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam; and masterworks by luminaries of American modernism, including Arthur Dove and Marsden Hartley. The galleries also feature views of the West as depicted by artists ranging from John Mix Stanley and Albert Bierstadt in the nineteenth century to Georgia O’Keeffe’s most memorable New Mexico paintings of the twentieth century.
Amon G. Carter’s personal collection of sculpture included over 100 works by Remington and Russell in materials ranging from bronze to wax and plaster. But in its first decade of operation the Carter actively began collecting a broader range of American sculpture. Today, the collection houses works by Alexander Calder, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Elie Nadelman, Louise Nevelson, and Hiram Powers.
Works on Paper
The Amon Carter’s works on paper collection includes more than 900 watercolors and drawings covering a wide range of subjects, from views of the West by early nineteenth-century artist-explorers to twentieth-century abstractions. Artists represented in these holdings include William Trost Richards, James McNeill Whistler, John Marin, and Oscar Bluemner. These holdings also include more than 7,000 prints, from lithographs of the Mexican War and from William Guy Wall’s magnificent Hudson River Port Folio to complete sets of prints by George Bellows and Stuart Davis.