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Indian with Feather
What is Native American art and who is a Native American artist? The artist Fritz Scholder referred to himself as a non-Indian Indian, someone who never felt the pull of two different cultures. With this lithograph series he challenges popular stereotypical depictions of Indians as stoic, noble, pure, and the embodiment of wisdom. Instead, he offers an amorphous human form, showing only a scruffy face with an open mouth, though the hint of a warrior breastplate, the wrapped braids, and the sharply angled feather suggest a Native American identity. The figure’s tightly wrapped blanket and his turned pose seem to reject empathy from the viewer.
- Portfolio/Series: From the portfolio titled: "Indians Forever"
- Artist: Fritz Scholder, American, 1937-2005
- Publisher: Tamarind Institute
- Medium: Lithograph on paper
- Dates: 1970-1971
- Dimensions: 30 1/4 x 22 in. (76.8 x 55.9 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Embossed with Tamarind chop lower left and with printers' chops lower center and lower right
- Signature: Signed lower center in graphite: "Scholder"
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 71.134.2
- Edition: Edition: 37/75
- Credit Line: Bristol-Myers Fund
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Fritz Scholder (American, 1937-2005). Indian with Feather, 1970-1971. Lithograph on paper, 30 1/4 x 22 in. (76.8 x 55.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bristol-Myers Fund, 71.134.2. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Good (65%)