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Indians Coming Down a Defile

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Indians Coming Down a Defile

Artist: Charles Deas (American, 1818 - 1867)

Date: 1847
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
14 x 21 inches (35.6 x 53.3 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Markings: PREPARED/ BY/ EDWD DECHAUX/ NEW YORK (reverse, stamp on canvas)
Object number: 31.230.1
Accession Number: 1992.8.1
Label Text:Charles Deas (pronounced days) portrayed Indian riders descending through a narrow passage of a wild and untamed landscape. In his view, common in his time, Indians were identified with the characteristics of that landscape. In the years since he painted this work, Deas’ pigments appear to have darkened, making his figures blend into the natural setting even more than initially intended.
Provenance: 1974 (Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York); Sidney Shoenberg, St. Louis, Missouri; 1979-1992 Gordon Fraser, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; purchased July 2, 1992 through (Winthrop Art Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art