An Oasis In The Badlands – Archival Print


This classic Curtis image was made in the heart of South Dakota’s Badlands. The subject is the sub-chief Red Hawk from the Oglala tribe, who was born 1854 and fought with Crazy Horse in 1865 in his first war party against U.S. army troops. He was a fierce warrior and ultimately engaged in 20 battles, including the Custer fight in 1876. This lyrical image is widely considered to be Curtis’ most important and beautiful peopled landscape of the Great Plains. Curtis loved the visual and metaphorical qualities of water as an aesthetic element. The compelling composition and subject matter make this one of Curtis’ most sought after and beautiful images.

Available in 11 x 14″ and 16 x 20″

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Our quoted dimensions are for the paper size, not the printed image itself.

For ethical and aesthetic reasons, we do not crop or alter the aspect ratio of Curtis’ original images. All of our prints have a minimum border of 1 inch to allow for safe handling and framing. For instance, an 11” x 14” print of An Oasis in the Badlands will have an image size of 10-3/8” x 12

Prior to shipping, the team at Cardozo Fine Art inspects each print and creates an individual Certificate of Authenticity.  Each shipment is carefully packed to ensure it will arrive in excellent condition.  Please allow up to 10 days from receipt of the order to shipping.  We will notify you when your order has shipped.

Photographed in 1905, the image was created using a high-resolution scan from an original Curtis photogravure. Prior to scanning, the vintage photogravure was professionally conserved to restore the print to its original appearance.  After conservation, the images are prepared and optimized for printing with pigment-based inks and 100% cotton paper to ensure archival stability and quality that aligns with Curtis’ original intent.


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Print Size

11×14, 16×20, 20×24, 30×40