Tlo-be-nel-ly

  • Elbridge Ayer Burbank, Tlo-be-nel-ly, 1910, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Victor Justice Evans, 1985.66.362,069

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Elbridge Ayer Burbank wanted to portray as many American Indians as possible because he considered their very survival to be threatened. By 1914 he had created more than 1200 portraits that, displayed together, had the effect of turning his sitters into types instead of individuals. He dressed his subjects in costumes, weapons, and war paint for an “authentic” effect, yet most of Burbank’s sitters were fully assimilated into the modern world. For example, Tlo-be-nel-ly’s flowered trousers were likely mass-produced, but the artist masked this modern reality with a colorful array of handwoven blankets and jewelry.

Title
Tlo-be-nel-ly
Artist
Date
1910
On View
Dimensions
30 1/4 x 17 1/2 in. (76.8 x 44.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Victor Justice Evans

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Ethnic – Indian – Navajo
  • Portrait male – Tlo-Be-Nel-Ly – full length
Object Number
1985.66.362,069
Palette
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