On May 24th 1869, ten men in four boats led by Major Wesley Powell left Green River, Wyoming to explore one of the last unmapped areas of the United States: the Green and Colorado River systems, and the Grand Canyon. On August 30, six men and two boats came out of the canyon, making their way into history. The Powell expedition has become one of the most important events of exploration in the west. Filled with hardships and peril, the expedition accomplished what was perceived to be impossible.
In 1964, the United States Bureau of Reclamation commissioned Utah artist William Dean Fausett to record the pioneer spirit of Major Powell and the majestic grandeur of the country he explored. The JPMorganChase Art Collection donated to the State Fine Art Collection the 22 sepia drawings that make up this look into the Powell expedition.
William Dean Fausett (1913-1998) was born and raised in Price, Utah. He studied at Brigham Young University, New York’s Student’s League, and the Beaux Art Institute of Design. He painted award-winning murals in the Washington D.C. Capitol Building, and his works are included in collections of numerous museums, including the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
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