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Artist: Victor Higgins (American, 1884 - 1949)

Date: c. 1918
Medium: oil on canvas
40 1/4 × 43 inches (102.2 × 109.2 cm)
Frame: 46 × 48 3/4 × 2 1/2 inches (116.8 × 123.8 × 6.4 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: Victor Higgins (lower left)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.17.14
: 1965.1.781.
Label Text:Higgins’s portrayal of two Apache men is monumental. He depicts the men as dark shapes before a bright, but also massive, landscape. The inclusion of the hawk and the poles with wrapped fabric evokes a sense of ceremony. Perhaps Higgins refers to Apache ceremonial relay races. Yet his imagery does not represent a specific tribal observance. The painting thus conveys the importance of Native customs without depicting scenes that may beheld sacred and not open to outsiders.
Provenance: Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.[1]. unknown. purchased June 22, 1957 through (Joseph Sartor, Dallas, Texas) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. See note on page 3 of the acquisiton file, unknown origin of note. Note reads "This painting: was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, then sold to the Corcoran Gallery, Washinaton, D.C. who sold it to the people from whom Sartor got it."
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