War Dance, Sioux

  • George Catlin, War Dance, Sioux, 1845-1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.457B

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“Each warrior, in turn, jumps through the fire, and then advances shouting and boasting, and taking his oath, as he ‘strikes the reddened post.’” George Catlin probably sketched the scene near Fort Pierre in 1832, then created this painting in his studio several years later. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)

Title
War Dance, Sioux
Artist
Date
1845-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
26 1/8 x 32 1/2 in. (66.3 x 82.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ceremony – Indian
  • Ceremony – dance – War Dance
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1985.66.457B
Palette
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