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The Red Man's Bones : George Catlin, Artist and Showman

Author: Benita Eisler
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
George Catlin has been called the "first artist of the West," as none before him lived among and painted the Native American tribes of the Northern Plains. Catlin found his calling: to fix the image of a "vanishing race" before their "extermination"--his word. In the first six years of the 1830s, he created over six hundred portraits--unforgettable likenesses of individual chiefs, warriors, braves, squaws, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
In art
Named Person: George Catlin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benita Eisler
ISBN: 9780393066166 0393066169
OCLC Number: 783163556
Description: viii, 468 pages : colored illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Homecoming --
Away --
George Catlin, academician --
A journeyman artist --
Wanderers --
A free man --
Savage and civilized tribes --
Border crossings --
The fur fortress --
"White medicine man" --
A stranger in paradise --
O-kee-pa --
"Problems of shade, shadow and perspective" --
A man who makes pictures for a traveling show --
"We are invaders of a sacred soil" --
"Catlin encamped, wolves in the distance" --
Flight paths --
The Pipestone Quarry --
A "go-a-head" artist --
"Without fortune and without patronage" --
The great and the good --
High society --
"Tableaux villains" --
"Indians! Real Indians!" --
George Catlin's wild west show --
Déjà vu, all over again --
A flight of royals --
"A thing belonging to us" --
Magical mystery tours --
"Now I am G. Catlin again, look out for the paint!"
Responsibility: Benita Eisler.


The first biography in over sixty years of a great American artist whose paintings are more famous than the man who made them.  Read more...
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