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An Oasis in The Badlands, 1905 – Vintage Original

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An Oasis in The Badlands, 1905Vintage Original, Vellum Photogravure from Portfolio III, Plate 80

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An Oasis in The Badlands, 1905 - Vintage Original Vellum Photogravure from Portfolio III, Plate 80

This classic Curtis image was made in the heart of the renowned badlands of South Dakota. The subject is red Hawk, the Dakota leader, who is born in 1854. He participated in his first war party in 1865 with Crazy Horse, against U.S. Army troops. He was a fierce warrior and ultimately engaged in 20 battles, including the Custer battle in 1876. Red Hawk, sits majestically, astride his white stallion, while it drinks from a small pool on a vast Prairie in the Badlands. He wears a full war bonnet of eagle feathers, a beautifully beaded and fringed war-shirt, beaded leggings, and heavily beaded moccasins. He carries a carbine, and his horse wears large eagle feathers, both on its mane and forelock. The image and the subject project an unusual combination of strength and calmness in the dramatic, iconic Landscape.

The print is made in the photogravure photographic process, printed on hand made vellum etching stock. Photogravure wasn’t expensive hand printed process, considered to be the king of the print is made in the photogravure photographic process, printed on hand made vellum etching stock. Photogravure wasn’t expensive hand printed process, considered to be the “king of print processes”. This lyrical image is widely considered to be Curtis’ most important and beautiful Great Plains landscape.

CONDITION:
This vintage, vellum, photogravure Print is in very good overall condition, and has a delicate, open, luminous quality. Excellent impression, and a fine example of the photo gravure process. This photo gravure was professionally washed, and de-acidified to restore it to its original archival state and beauty. This print has an illustrious exhibition history: it was a highlight of the only Curtis exhibition ever held in Curtis’ birthplace, Whitewater, Wisconsin.

PROVENANCE:
This print also has exceptional provenance. It was originally owned by Karl Frederick Letsche, one of Curtis’ master printers. He carefully chose only the finest photogravures for his personal collection. This print stayed in the Letsche family until the 1990’s when it was acquired by Christopher Cardozo. A photograph of Letsche and a biographical sketch accompany this photogravure.

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