Cover Art Description:
If all western states could agree on one thing, it would be that trout fishing plays a major role in attracting tourists. In the small mountain towns of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, most businesses are heavily reliant upon the dollars of out-of-state fishermen to sustain local economies during the summer and fall months. Thus, this issue of Montana examines the history of trout fishing in the West, its role in shaping western history, and the controversies surrounding it.
Walter Uferís After Them (oil on canvas, 34 9/16" x 39 1/16"), reproduced on the front cover courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., gift of Arvin Gottlieb, gives a sense of the quiet intensity of those who choose to pursue trout in the scenic river valleys of the American West. Ufer (1876-1936), a Kentuckian who trained as a lithographer in Germany before attending the Royal Academy of Art in Dresden, moved to Taos, New Mexico, in 1914. Unlike many in the Taos art community, Ufer wanted to paint Indians performing daily tasks rather than depict them as idealized symbols for vanishing cultures.
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