|7570||WILDERNESS AND THE WEST, THE||WILDERNESS AND THE WEST, THE||1996||color||54 min||vhs|| (American Visions series, Part 3)
(Written and presented by Robert Hughes, art critic for Time Magazine) From the majestic primal America, there arises the idea of landscape as God's fingerprint. Landscape painting holds deep religious and patriotic connotations; soon, the belief in Manifest Destiny is embodies in art. Traveling from Yellowstone to the Hudson Vally, Hughes explores the artists Albert Bierstadt, John James Audubon, Frederic Church, Frederic Remington and Thomas Cole. In their work he finds the conflicting impulses to worship the land and to conquer it, to create a myth of the West just as the frontier itself is closing (Closed-Captioned).