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Art of the West Magazine featuring Morgan Weistling

Read the feature article on Morgan Weistling in the May/June Issue of Art in the West.

Art of the West

Read article on Morgan Weistling in
the May/June 2015 Issue of Art of the West

 

 

Latest Paintings

First-Blossoms-16x20 by Morgan Weistling

First Blossoms 16x20

 

 

Wildflowers 12x9

Wildflowers 12"x9"
Settler's West Galleries - MINI SHOW

 

 

Snake Oil Salesman 36x56 by Morgan Weistling

Snake Oil Salesman
36 X 56 oil on linen
Available at The Autry Museum 
Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale
January 31 - March 8, 2015
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The expression “Snake Oil Salesman” is often used to describe a person who is selling you something with fraudulent claims.  Back in the 1800’s throughout the West, there were traveling salesman who crossed the land from town to town selling what they claimed to be remedies for all manner of ailments.   These charlatans would pose as professors of medicine or doctors with dubious credentials to sell their fake medicines.

 Originally, Chinese laborers on railroad gangs had brought to America their own oil made from Chinese Water Snakes. The oil they used actually had healing properties for joint pain. Soon, a Western version was being produced from a plentiful snake at hand, the rattler.  Unfortunately, the rattler snake does not produce any of the benefits of the Chinese water snake. But that didn’t stop salesmen like this fellow depicted here.

To help sell their elixirs, an accomplice in the crowd would be chosen to come on stage and test the magic cure. As in this painting, the “shill” came on stage with his cane and now is examining the bottle. Soon, after a spoonful, he will hop around the stage without his cane to the delight of the enthused crowd. This “doctor” will not hang around long. Soon he will pack it up and be out of town before his customers realize they have been fooled.

 

 

The Vineyard Girl
30 X 20 oil on linen
Available at The Autry Museum 
Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale
January 31 - March 8, 2015 
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The Concertina
16 X 20 oil on linen
Available at The Autry Museum 
Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale
January 31 - March 8, 2015 
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Trail Boss

Trail Boss
14 X 11 oil on linen
Available at The Autry Museum 
Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale
January 31 - March 8, 2015 
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Young Ranch Hand

Young Ranch Hand
12 X 9 oil on linen
Available at The Autry Museum 
Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale
January 31 - March 8, 2015 
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I invite you to visit my wife's website (JoAnn Peralta)  to view her newest works for the
Master's show at the Autry Museum. She has produced an amazing set of  beautiful paintings.

 


 

Rosie's Bath by Morgan Weistling
Rosie's Bath, 30X36

Prix de West Invitational, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum,
Oklahoma City.

 

 

Clothes Line by Morgan Weistling
Clothesline

Prix de West Invitational, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum,
Oklahoma City.