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War Dance, Sioux

1845-1848 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 26 1/8 x 32 1/2 in. (66.3 x 82.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.457B Not currently on view


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“Each warrior, in turn, jumps through the fire, and then advances shouting and boasting, and taking his oath, as he ‘strikes the reddened post.’” George Catlin probably sketched the scene near Fort Pierre in 1832, then created this painting in his studio several years later. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)

Keywords

Ceremony - dance - War Dance

Ceremony - Indian

Ethnic - Indian

Figure group - male

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added