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Author Eisler, Benita.
Title The Red Man's bones : George Catlin, artist and showman / Benita Eisler.
Published New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
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 Floor3  ND237.C35 E39 2013    IN LIBRARY
Edition First edition.
Description viii, 468 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [411]-442) and index.
Contents Homecoming -- Away -- George Catlin, academician -- A journeyman artist -- Wanderers -- A free man -- Savage and civilized tribes -- Border crossings -- The fur fortress -- "White medicine man" -- A stranger in paradise -- O-kee-pa -- "Problems of shade, shadow and perspective" -- A man who makes pictures for a traveling show -- "We are invaders of a sacred soil" -- "Catlin encamped, wolves in the distance" -- Flight paths -- The Pipestone Quarry -- A "go-a-head" artist -- "Without fortune and without patronage" -- The great and the good -- High society -- "Tableaux villains" -- "Indians! Real Indians!" -- George Catlin's wild west show -- Déjà vu, all over again -- A flight of royals -- "A thing belonging to us" -- Magical mystery tours -- "Now I am G. Catlin again, look out for the paint!"
Summary George Catlin has been called the "first artist of the West," as none before him lived among and painted the Native American tribes of the Northern Plains. Catlin found his calling: to fix the image of a "vanishing race" before their "extermination"--his word. In the first six years of the 1830s, he created over six hundred portraits--unforgettable likenesses of individual chiefs, warriors, braves, squaws, and children belonging to more than thirty tribes living along the upper Missouri River. Political forces thwarted Catlin's ambition to sell what he called his "Indian Gallery" as a national collection, and in 1840 the artist began three decades of self-imposed exile abroad. For a time, he was the most celebrated American expatriate in London and Paris. But when he started to tour "live" troupes of Ojibwa and Iowa, his fortunes declined: he changed from artist to showman, and from advocate to exploiter. Tragedy and loss engulfed them. This humane portrait brings Catlin and his Indian subjects to life for our own time.--From publisher description.
Subject Catlin, George, 1796-1872.
Painters -- United States -- Biography.
Indians in art.
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs.
West (U.S.) -- In art.
ISBN 0393066169 (hbk.)
9780393066166 (hbk.)
OCLC number 783163556