Wife of The Six

  • George Catlin, Wife of The Six, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.195

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This woman was “Not the most agreeable” of the Six's several wives, according to George Catlin. The artist made few compromises in representing the blunt, heavy features and powerful contours of this woman's head. Such studies among the more civilized eastern tribes, whom he painted three or four years later, are rare. Catlin executed this work at Fort Union in the upper Midwest in 1832. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
Wife of The Six
Artist
Date
1832
On View
Dimensions
29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Six, Wife of
  • Ethnic – Indian – Ojibwa
Object Number
1985.66.195
Palette
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