HLA Culmer (1854 - 1914)

"Harry" Culmer played a significant role in the promotion and early economic progress of the West as an entrepreneur, developer of natural resources, civic leader, descriptive writer and landscape painter. He liked to hike and explore unknown regions of the mountains and deserts. Like Thomas Moran and other Rocky Mountain artists, he would not allow danger or discomfort to dissuade him in his quest for panoramic vistas and scenic splendors. Culmer was the first artist to see and depict the area of the natural bridges in southern Utah and also the interior of Alaska. Culmer believe that sublime and magnificent scenery depicted both the beauty and the spirit of America.  Culmer had a deep knowledge of nature based on direct observation and an intense self-study and love of science. He believed that mountains were "the most noble subject for an artists' brush."

There is speculation Culmer was influenced by Thomas Moran, who the artist possibly met in 187

Courtesy of Springville Museum of Art


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AFTERNOON MOOD
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AUGUSTA NATURAL BRIDGE ...
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BINGHAM CANYON #1
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BINGHAM CANYON #2
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MONUMENT VALLEY
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MYSTERY OF THE DESERT
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NATURAL BRIDGE (CAROLIN...
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RIVER SCENE ZION CANYON...