Splash of Paint, Flash of Steel

April 19, 2011 - December 19, 2011

From Frederic Remington to Confederate Swords, Extraordinary Loans Are on Exhibit at the Yellowstone Art Museum.

Audiences in Billings can enjoy exceptional works of art spanning continents and centuries.

Splash of Paint, Flash of Steel includes works from the diverse collections of William I. Koch.  To see rare military presentation swords from England and the U.S. is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local audiences.  These beautiful pieces include a sword nearly 200 years old presented by King George IV to his brother, the last Confederate sword conferred to honor a military leader and swords crafted by Tiffany & Co. of New York.  A dozen additional swords and accoutrements are included.  The workmanship in steel, gold, silver, gemstones, leather and ivory demonstrates the prowess of the finest talents of the day.

Paintings on loan from Mr. Koch include works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell that exhibit classic American Western themes.  Action scenes by William Robinson Leigh and Thomas Hart Benton and a tiny gem of a watercolor by Thomas Moran are among the loans, as well as bronzes by Remington and Charles Schreyvogel.  Each of these works, by the leading American artists of their day, reflects visions of the American West that continue to be cherished.