Charles Fritz
100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark
The Complete Collection

by Charles Fritz

foreword by Timothy Peterson

  • Charles Fritz: 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark unites exquisite Western art with one of our nation's greatest epics.

    The result of a decade of comprehensive research and on-location painting, this expanded collection of 100 paintings depicts the triumphs and travails of the Corps of Discovery's two-and-a-half-year trek through unknown territory to the Pacific Ocean and back between 1804 and 1806.

    Although several members of the Corps of Discovery kept journals, an artist did not accompany the expedition. Unlike almost every expedition since, there had been no one to visually document the unique people, landscapes, animals, and plants never before seen by Americans living in the East.

    With artistry and a passion for historical accuracy, Charles Fritz, one of the nation's most respected Western artists, brings the Journals of Lewis and Clark to life, telling this remarkable American story visually-and for the first time allowing us to experience what the Corps saw on their historic journey.

    AWARDS: Silver medal, 2010 Benjamin Franklin Awards

    FOR A SIGNED AND NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION ($150) in a beautiful, specially designed box, call Farcountry Press at 1.800.821.3874.

136 pages, 10 1/2'' x 10'', 100 paintings, 4 color photos, 1 map(s), index, 18 hardcovers per case, Smythe-sewn

ISBN 10: 1-56037-446-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-446-6

May 2009

  • features the Complete Collection of 100 paintings depicting the Lewis and Clark Journals
  • the Complete Collection will be exhibited in several U.S. museums in 2009, starting in Cody, Wyoming, in June
  • discusses the origins of the collection and Fritz's personal techniques
  • includes journal quotes and discussion of the Corps of Discovery's journey
  • features primer on President Jefferson and the origins of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • signed and numbered limited edition available
Tailor Made, Trail Worn: Army Life, Clothing, and Weapons of the Corps of Discovery





Charles Fritz
100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark
Signed, numbered limited editions available!

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Charles Fritz align= Charles Fritz grew up in Mason City, Iowa, and studied history and education at Iowa State University in Ames. His luminous paintings of the West have been included in many museum exhibitions across the country, including the Albuquerque Museum; Artists of America; Great American Masters; Denver Art Museum: Gilcrease Museum; Prix de West Exhibition, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum; C.M. Russell Museum; and the Salmagundi Club. His work has been featured in many magazines, periodicals, and books, including Donald Hagerty's Leading the West: One Hundred Contemporary Painters and Sculptors and Canyon de Chelly: 100 Years of Painting and Photography. Fritz resides in Billings, Montana, with his wife, Joan, and their sons, Isaac and Erik.

Praise for Charles Fritz: 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark

"One of the most frequently asked questions on the planning of the Lewis and Clark Expedition concerns Jefferson's failure to send a professional artist with the Corps. Now, thanks to a carefully researched and historically accurate series of paintings by Montana artist Charles Fritz, Americans have the opportunity to see what Lewis and Clark observed, what they looked like, and the people they met on their way to the Pacific. This is a rare chance to step back in time and appreciate Lewis and Clark's experiences from 1804 to 1806."
-Stephen E. Ambrose, author of the best-selling book Undaunted Courage

"With the completion of Charles Fritz's monumental project, a huge void has been filled! Through the eyes of a gifted and dedicated American artist, we now have a view of the world of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. This book will hold a special place in the William Clark family library, and it is a must for any serious student of Lewis and Clark or anyone who appreciates the adventure and magic of early Western exploration."
-Peyton C. "Bud" Clark, great, great, great grandson of Captain William Clark; member, board of directors, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri; and member, board of directors, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

"If Lewis and Clark had selected an artist to accompany them on their historic journey, no doubt they would have chosen a painter with a keen eye and an adventurous spirit-someone like Charles Fritz."
-B. Byron Price, director, Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, University of Oklahoma

"Mr. Fritz's incredible paintings are fresh and exciting works that incorporate accuracy in both the historical details and the landscapes. Few folks know the amount of research that went into making them so scrupulously accurate. Most Lewis and Clark works fall into the realm of illustration. Mr. Fritz has produced a painterly body of work that ranks with the best of Remington and Russell."
-Robert Moore, Jr., National Park Service Historian at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri, and author of Native Americans: The Art and Travels of Charles Bird King, George Catlin and Karl Bodmer and Lewis and Clark: Tailor Made, Trail Worn-Army Life, Clothing, and Weapons of the Corps of Discovery

Midwest Book Review, June 2009, calls Charles Fritz: 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark "a wonderful work for history buffs and art aficionados" and describes Fritz's paintings as "masterful."

"[Fritz] paints the American West with uncanny skill and boundless passion."
-Rock Hushka, Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum

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