Throwing the Bolas for Wild Horses, Connibo Indians (Primary Title)

George Catlin, American, 1796 - 1872 (Artist)

Educational
ca. 1853-54
American
Paintings
Works On Paper
oil on cardboard mounted on bristol board
Image: 18 1/8 × 24 5/8 in. (46.04 × 62.55 cm)
Overall: 21 3/4 × 27 7/8 in. (55.25 × 70.8 cm)
Framed: 23 × 29 1/8 in. (58.42 × 73.98 cm)
85.624
Not on view
Aware that Native Americans were at ever-increasing risk from war, forced relocation, and newly introduced diseases, George Catlin traveled to the western frontier in the 1830s to record their appearances and customs. For seven years, the selftaught artist and amateur ethnologist visited numerous tribes and painted nearly five hundred portraits and genre scenes. After returning East, he found widespread success by touring his paintings in the United States and Europe, reproducing imagesas prints, and publishing his travel accounts in a series of books.
Paul Mellon Collection
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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