Buffalo Chase in Winter, Indians on Snowshoes

  • George Catlin, Buffalo Chase in Winter, Indians on Snowshoes, 1832-1833, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.416

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In the summer, plains bison led mounted pursuers on dangerous chases. Winter snows, however, made tracking buffalo safer and easier, slowing the animal’s escape and allowing Indian hunters on snowshoes to move easily over the ground. Catlin traveled in the West in the warmer months and never witnessed such a hunt, but he undoubtedly heard descriptions from both Indians and whites and may have seen the first known representation of it, by the Swiss-Canadian artist Peter Rindisbacher. Catlin painted this work in his studio during the winter of 1832-33.

Title
Buffalo Chase in Winter, Indians on Snowshoes
Artists
Date
1832-1833
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
24 x 29 in. (60.9 x 73.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Western
  • Figure group – male
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Landscape – season – winter
  • Occupation – hunter
  • Animal – buffalo
Object Number
1985.66.416
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