Shon-ta-yi-ga, Little Wolf, a Famous Warrior, 1844
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
On the heels of the installation of the Indian Gallery in the Louvre came another signal honor: Catlin was invited to exhibit in the Paris Salon, France's premier art show. On the basis of this powerful portrait and the equally impressive Buffalo Bull's Back Fat (see [.149]), Catlin was praised by Charles Baudelaire, the most important French critic of the age, for capturing "the proud, free character and noble expression of these splendid fellows in a masterly way."