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Catalog Number 1990.53.02
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-13.875 W-9.25 inches
Medium Watercolor/Paper
Date 1898
Notes This piece is one of two before and after images, both painted in 1898, portraying the drastic change that occurred to Indian culture during a span of forty years. In the first one-the Blackfoot Brave of 1858-the figure stands proud and resplendent. He wears a fine painted robe, carries a shield, and a bow with a quiver. A mere forty years later, in the Blackfoot Brave of 1898, the figure is reduced to selling a trinket-a buffalo-horn hat rack he is offering for two dollars. He wears a felt hat with a bedraggled feather loosely stuck in the side of its crown, a white man's shirt, and baggy trousers. With these two pieces, Russell creates a stark statement that exemplifies his heartfelt empathy for the Indians' loss of their traditional dignity.
Search Terms Blackfeet
American Indian
Native American