Grizzly Bears Attacking Indians on Horseback

  • George Catlin, Grizzly Bears Attacking Indians on Horseback, 1832-1833, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.418

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The prairies of the 1830s were a paradise for animal predators as well as enthusiastic huntsmen. Eagles, wolves, mountain lions, and grizzly bears were among the beasts hunting the abundant antelope, elk, and buffalo. George Catlin described many encounters between predators and prey, but could only make quick sketches of these incidents as they unfolded, in hopes of capturing the excitement in more finished studio works. This work was painted in the artist's studio during the winter of 1832-33.

Title
Grizzly Bears Attacking Indians on Horseback
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.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • State of being – evil – danger
  • Animal – bear
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Animal – horse
  • Occupation – hunter
Object Number
1985.66.418
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