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Two Young Men

1835 or 1836 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.235-236 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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George Catlin described this painting as “two Menominee youths at full length, in beautiful dresses . . . one with his war-club in his hand, and the other blowing on his ‘courting flute.’” He probably painted the image at Prairie du Chien or Green Bay in 1835 or 1836. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)


Ethnic - Indian - Menominee

Figure group


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added