St. Louis Mercantile Library

 

Gary Lucy, The Yellowstone
Gary Lucy (born 1949)  The Yellowstone: Evening Sky on the Missouri River, 1833, 1992, Color lithograph
Gary Lucy (born 1949)
The Yellowstone: Evening Sky on the Missouri River, 1833,
1992, Color lithograph
Collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis

Missouri native Gary Lucy made the decision to become an artist at the age of 23. He studied at Southeast Missouri State University and now maintains a studio above his gallery in Washington, Missouri, just one block from the Missouri River. Although Lucy began his career creating wildlife art, he changed genres at the suggestion of his close friend and advisor, art collector Lyle Woodcock, who suggested the greatest art focused on the human figure. Inspired by this advice, Lucy took up the tradition of history painting. Through exhaustive research, Lucy creates works that commemorate significant moments in the history of the United States.

In this work, the artist illustrates a documented moment in the travels of Prince Maximilian who was a passenger aboard the river boat “Yellowstone.” On April 10, 1833, as the party headed into the mouth of the Missouri River, Maximilian recorded in his journal that: the sky was "blood red . . . stupendously beautiful."

Expand Your Horizons Maximilian was typical of the 19th century "Gentleman Explorer" who traveled the world. Click here to learn more about the concept of the Gentleman Explorer.