Everett Ruess

Eucalyptus Grove block print by Everett Ruess

"As to when I shall revisit civilization, it will not be soon I think. I have not yet tired of the wilderness." In November 1934, shortly after writing these words, Everett Ruess disappeared from the rugged canyon country near Escalante, Utah, and was never seen again. He was only twenty years old. Although his burros were found near his camp, his fate remained a mystery until recently. Everett Ruess was an artistic, adventurous young man who set out alone several times to experience the beauty, as well as the fury of nature in the American West. During the 1930s, he met and discussed art with painter Maynard Dixon, and with well-known photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange. He was lured first by the splendors of Yosemite and the California coast and later by portions of the lonely Red Rock Country of Utah and Arizona. In the 74 years since his disappearance, Ruess has become a cult hero and a powerful icon for those striving to save the canyon country of the Southwest. His free spirit, artistry, and enduring legacy are represented as much by his mysterious disappearance as by the collection of stark yet stunning woodblock prints he left behind. Thankfully, when Ruess claimed "when I go, I leave no trace," he was only half-right.

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