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Crouching Indian

Item

Title

Crouching Indian

Creator

George de Forest Brush
American, 1855–1941

Date

c. 1916

Materials

Chalk on paperboard

Description

Following study in Paris in the 1870s, George de Forest Brush lived among the Arapahoe, Shoshone, and Crow Indians in Wyoming and Montana in the early 1880s. His paintings of American Indian subjects challenged the dominant stereotype of indigenous peoples as barbaric. This drawing is titled and dated based on the similarity between the figure and the one in Brush’s unlocated painting The Indian and the Spoonbill of 1916. The pairing of a solitary man and a bird was a motif Brush repeated after 1885 and can be found in several of his best-known paintings.

Source

The John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

Identifier

2018.104

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses may not be permitted.