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Handsome Morning -- A Dakota

Harry C. Edwards

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor

In this studio portrait, the Brooklyn artist Harry Edwards painted the Native American Handsome Morning, wearing a fringed shift with painted emblems, a bead-and-quill necklace, beaded moccasins, and a ceremonial blanket of fur-lined buffalo hide painted with abstract motifs (a speciality of Dakota women). Edward's identification of his sitter as a Dakota, or a Sioux, is meaningful because the Sioux retained perhaps the most lasting hold on white imaginations owing to the charismatic Ghost Dance movement. Inspired by the visions of a Paiute Indian, a wave of the Sioux communities began the practice of the Ghost Dance in the late nineteenth century to bring about the return of legions of their dead and of Sioux lands to their natural state. White fears of the movement's emotional force ultimately led to the murder of Sitting Bull and the violent confrontation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1890.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1921
DIMENSIONS 72 1/16 x 36 1/16 in. (183 x 91.6 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "c / 1921 / BY / H.C.EDWARDS"
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 26.149
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Grace C. Edwards
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CAPTION Harry C. Edwards (American, 1868-1922). Handsome Morning -- A Dakota, 1921. Oil on canvas, 72 1/16 x 36 1/16 in. (183 x 91.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Grace C. Edwards, 26.149
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