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Whitney Western Art Museum

Catlin, George 49
Oil on paperboard 11
Painting 860
Knife River Minnetare Catlin, George 2 village 3 Indian 729
ca. 1855-1870
Sheet height: 17.875 in, Sheet width: 24.5 in, Frame height: 23 in, Frame width: 29 in
Minatarree Village, Minatarree - Seven miles above the Mandans on the bank of the Knife River
Credit Line:
Gift of Paul Mellon
In this painting, Catlin depicted himself with his two men crossing the Knife River (in present-day North Dakota) in a canoe. By including himself, Catlin reminds the viewer that the artist was a witness to the scene he painted. Today the Minatarre are called the Hidatsa. [label copy to follow] When Catlin exhibited his Indian Gallery in 1871, he did not frame the individual paintings. From his earlier exhibitions he had learned how expensive it was to ship framed paintings. Instead, he painted his subjects on paperboard in an oval format with a simulation of a frame.
LL: A (over 187); Top center: 136, Typed on label on support: AMNH, 187, Catlin 136
The invoice incorrectly states a total of 384 paintings. There were, in fact, 389 paintings purchased, 351 of which Mr. Mellon gave to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in December 1965. 24 given to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, November 1985; 4 given to the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, December 1986; and the remaining 10 to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, December 1986.
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