Portraits of Two Grizzly Bears, From Life

  • George Catlin, Portraits of Two Grizzly Bears, From Life, 1839-1840, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.386,502

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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.

Title
Portraits of Two Grizzly Bears, From Life
Artist
Date
1839-1840
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 x 27 3/8 in. (50.8 x 69.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bear
Object Number
1985.66.386,502
Palette
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