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Buffalo Head

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Buffalo Head

Artist: Paul Kane (Canadian, 1810 - 1871)

Date: c. 1847
Medium: oil on paper
Dimensions:
6 1/2 x 8 1/16 inches (16.5 x 20.5 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: 68 / 168 PK / 1922 (reverse); Buffalo's head (upper left); 98 (lower right in pencil)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.78.150
Catalogue Raisonne: IV 205
POP - Prairie Oil Painting: pop12
Accession Number: 1965.2.970
Label Text:Paul Kane traveled across North America from Toronto to the Pacific Coast and back in the years 1845-1848. He was able to witness and participate in buffalo hunts when the animals were still abundant on the land. "Seeing a very large bull in the herd, I thought I would kill him, for the purpose of getting the skin of his enormous head and preserving it,” wrote Kane in Wanderings of an Artist among the Indians of North America, chapter XX.
Provenance: Artist; by descent to his grandson, Paul Kane III [1889-1958], Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; purchased September 17, 1957 through (Edward Eberstadt & Sons, New York, New York) 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
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  • Saskatchewan