Charles Fritz: An Artist with the Corps of Discovery
By Charles Fritz
In Collaboration with Stephen R. Ambrose
Introduction by Harry Fritz
A co-publication with Farcountry Press, Helena, Montana
The artist Charles Fritz, born in 1955, grew up in Iowa and moved to Montana in 1980 to pursue his art full-time. The paintings collected here follow the legendary Lewis and Clark Expedition. The paintings are presented in chronological order as the Corps moved West in search of the Pacific Ocean and then returned home to St. Louis where the Missouri River flows into the Mississippi. Fritz’s artworks are complemented both by informative quotes from the journals of Lewis and Clark and other members of the Corps and by fascinating historical vignettes that illustrate and provide information about the Expedition’s trials, tribulations, and triumphs, some of which come from the work of the late historian Stephen Ambrose. The volume includes an introduction by UM History Professor Emeritus, Harry Fritz. Charles Fritz’s artwork has been shown in solo exhibitions across the American West, including at virtually all major museums along the Lewis and Clark Trail, and his works are part of permanent collections in museums from Albuquerque to New York City, from Billings to Denver to Cincinnati. Collaboration between the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the University of Montana Press, Farcountry Press, and the artist himself makes this boxed-edition book available.
103 pages, 10 ½” x 11”