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Museum Purchase with funds from the William E. Weiss Memorial Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon H. Barrows, and the Franklin A. West Memorial Fund
The events of the two-day "Battle of Greasy Grass" near Hardin, Montana unfold in Mardon's artistic reconstruction of historic facts. The artist's unique style is marked by an expressive utilization of stylized figures rendered in rich, intense colors. Mardon studied historical accounts prior to composing the work, and describes the painting as "an artistic, not a literal, representation of the events and movements of troops and is not to scale." His style is influenced by both Indian hide paintings and ledger art.
UL: CEMETARY RIDGE; UC: KEOGH 500/NYE-CARTRIGHT RIDGE; UR: THE BATTLE OF GREASY GRASS/THE LITTLE BIG HORN/SUNDAY/JUNE/2th5 1876/SHARPSHOOTER'S RIDGE/RENO HILL/440/700; center: 5:20/5:20/CUSTER HILL/CALHOUN HILL L/4:30/DEEP RAVINE/DEEP COULEE/MEDICINE TAIL COULEE/WEIR POINT 5:35; CR:WATER CARRIER'S RAVINE/H/D/K; LL: GREASY GRASS/BRULE/SANS ARC/MINNECONJOU/CHEYENNE/OGLALLA/BLACKFEET/HUNKPAPA; LR: Allan Mardon '96
BBHC Cody Enterprise column: “Your Museum Matters” – July 1, 2009
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Contemporary artist Allan Mardon brings vibrant color and stylized figures to “The Battle of Greasy Grass” (aka Little Bighorn). Influenced by Native American accounts of the battle, Indian hide paintings, and ledger art, Mardon says the work is “an artistic, not a literal, representation of the events and movements of troops.” The painting recounts the battle from multiple perspectives and times, with Sitting Bull, for example, appearing in four different locations to show his movements through the course of the two-day battle.
In the redesigned Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Mardon’s work is accompanied by an interactive touch screen computer that lets visitors explore details of the painting and the history of its subject. The painting’s placement in the gallery juxtaposes it with the historic Edgar Paxson painting Custer’s Last Stand, painted almost one hundred years earlier.
Credit: Allan Mardon (b. 1931). The Battle of Greasy Grass, 1996. Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming. Museum Purchase with funds from William E. Weiss Memorial Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon H. Barrows, and the Franklin A. West Memorial Fund. 6.01
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Whitney Western Art Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.