Scalp Dance, Sioux

  • George Catlin, Scalp Dance, Sioux, 1845-1848, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.438B

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While he was in Europe, George Catlin received a commission to paint fifteen large canvases from King Louis Philippe of France, who had spent two years in the United States in the late 1790s. Inspired, perhaps, by the art he saw in French museums, Catlin produced the most carefully detailed and highly finished works of his career. Here, he turned a rough sketch from Fort Pierre in 1832 into a full-blown and dramatically lit spectacle.

Title
Scalp Dance, Sioux
Artists
Date
1845-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
26 1/4 x 32 1/2 in. (66.6 x 82.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ceremony – Indian
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sioux
  • Ceremony – dance – Scalp Dance
  • Western
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1985.66.438B
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