The Indian Drummer

16" x 22"

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by Winold Reiss 1886-1953. Raised in the Black Forest of Germany he studied under his father, a landscape painter. Inspired by the novels of James Fennimore Cooper, he came to the U.S. in 1913 expressly to paint the American Indian. After delay due to WWI, Reiss began in 1919 to paint his collection of Indian Portraits including 81 for the Great Northern RR of which this is one. The Blackfeet initiated him into the tribe as “Beaver Child” in reference to the intensity of his paintings. When Reiss died, the Blackfeet scattered his ashes at the foot of the Rockies. We acquired from a Michigan collection. Unsigned but “right”.

Item #: 0121