South Side of Buffalo Island, Showing Buffalo Berries in the Foreground

  • George Catlin, South Side of Buffalo Island, Showing Buffalo Berries in the Foreground, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.387

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George Catlin’s Missouri River voyage in 1832 brought him into a vast country that led him to describe eloquently what he painted. “There is no more beautiful prairie country in the world, than that which is to be seen in this vicinity . . . The surface of the country is gracefully and slightly undulating, like the swells of the retiring ocean after a heavy storm. And everywhere covered with a beautiful green turf, and with occasional patches and clusters of trees. The soil in this region is also rich, and capable of making one of the most beautiful and productive countries in the world.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
South Side of Buffalo Island, Showing Buffalo Berries in the Foreground
Artist
Date
1832
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. (28.5 x 36.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – island – Buffalo Island
  • Western
  • Landscape – United States – Buffalo Island
  • Ethnic – Indian
Object Number
1985.66.387
Palette
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