The Mourning Brave

  • Edwin Willard Deming, The Mourning Brave, ca. 1892, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans, 1912.9.1

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Edwin Willard Deming’s paintings romanticized the lives of Native Americans, feeding the myth of a vanishing race of noble savages. In this painting an Indian brave mourns the death of an Indian woman inside a shadowed teepee. With his hands covering his face, he prays over her body, asking the Great Mystery, symbolized by the light that streams from above, to protect her spirit and guide it to the “Happy Western land beyond the Great Waters” (Walsh, ed., Edwin Willard Deming, His Work, 1925).

Title
The Mourning Brave
Artist
Date
ca. 1892
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
40 x 30 in. (101.5 x 76.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of William T. Evans

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • State of being – emotion – sorrow
  • State of being – death
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Landscape – time – night
Object Number
1912.9.1
Palette
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