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Tlo-be-nel-ly

1910 Elbridge Ayer Burbank Born: Harvard, Illinois 1858 Died: San Francisco, California 1949 oil on canvas 30 1/4 x 17 1/2 in. (76.8 x 44.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Victor Justice Evans 1985.66.362,069 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 32B


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Elbridge Ayer Burbank wanted to portray as many American Indians as possible because he considered their very survival to be threatened. By 1914 he had created more than 1200 portraits that, displayed together, had the effect of turning his sitters into types instead of individuals. He dressed his subjects in costumes, weapons, and war paint for an “authentic” effect, yet most of Burbank’s sitters were fully assimilated into the modern world. For example, Tlo-be-nel-ly’s flowered trousers were likely mass-produced, but the artist masked this modern reality with a colorful array of handwoven blankets and jewelry.

Keywords

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Navajo

Portrait male - Tlo-Be-Nel-Ly - full length

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Elbridge Ayer Burbank

Born: Harvard, Illinois 1858 Died: San Francisco, California 1949

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