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Deer Track (Pa-ee-na)

after 1924 Kenneth M. Adams Born: Topeka, Kansas 1897 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1966 oil on canvas 20 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (51.5 x 41.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Arvin Gottlieb 1991.205.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Deer Track clasps his huge hands around one knee, comfortably holding a pose while the artist works to capture the man’s quiet dignity. Kenneth Adams carried the orange and blue tones from his sitter’s clothing into the rich brown of his skin. The same colors appear again in the draped fabric of the background, so that Deer Track seems naturally a part of the environment around him. Adams painted his models from life, and his mentor, artist Andrew Dasburg, praised his former student, noting that Adams’s “strongest sympathy was for people.” (Kenneth Adams, N.A., 1963)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian

Portrait male - Deer Track

Portrait male - Pa-ee-na

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Kenneth M. Adams

Born: Topeka, Kansas 1897 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1966

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