Deer Track (Pa-ee-na)

Media - 1991.205.1 - SAAM-1991.205.1_1 - 11352
Copied Kenneth M. Adams, Deer Track (Pa-ee-na), after 1924, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arvin Gottlieb, 1991.205.1

Artwork Details

Deer Track (Pa-ee-na)
after 1924
20 1416 14 in. (51.541.3 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Arvin Gottlieb
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Indian
  • Portrait male — Deer Track
  • Portrait male — Pa-ee-na
Object Number

Artwork Description

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)