Indians with Umbrellas
Fritz Scholder’s imagery in paintings and prints frequently explores the cultural contradictions of late twentieth-century Native American life. He often shows harsh realities but sometimes presents a humorous view, as in this lithograph, in which warriors on horseback carry non-native, innocuously jaunty umbrellas. This seemingly improbable scene is actually taken from real life; umbrellas have been used by both men and women as protection from the hot sun on the Plains since the late nineteenth century.
Lithograph on paper
Embossed with Tamarind chop lower left and with printers' chops lower center and lower right; Arches watermark
Signed lower right in graphite: "Scholder"
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Fritz Scholder (American and Luiseño, Native American, 1937-2005). Indians with Umbrellas, 1970-1971. Lithograph on paper, 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bristol-Myers Fund, 71.134.3. © artist or artist's estate
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