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    Sioux Indian Painting Mainly Related to the Battle of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee

    [Native American Art]. [C. Szwedzicki, publisher]. Sioux Indian Painting Part I. Paintings Of The Sioux and Other Tribes of The Great Plains. [Together With]: Sioux Indian Painting Part II. The Art of Amos Bad Heart Buffalo. Nice, France: C. Szwedzicki, [1938]. One of 400 numbered sets, signed and numbered by the publisher. Two separate portfolios. Approximately 19.5 x 15 inches. Folio. 15; 10 pages of text in parallel English and French, plus fifty plates (many in color) on individual sheets. Unbound sheets laid into original folding cloth portfolios with string ties. Light wear to the portfolios. Internally fine, with the bookplate of philanthropist Mrs. Charles Voorhis on the front pastedown of the first portfolio.

    Comprised of letterpress introductions and notes by Hartley Burr Alexander, accompanied by fifty folio plates printed via gravure and the pouchoir process (twenty-five plates per volume). These are two of the most desirable of all the lavish Szwedzicki folios. The beautiful plates depict the artwork of a number of Sioux, Shoshone, and Kiowa artists (e.g. Kills Two, Amos Bad Heart Buffalo, Pretty Hawk, Chief Washakie, and Silver Horn). The second portfolio contains artwork exclusively by Amos Bad Heart Buffalo, including a series of famous scenes from the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Seventeen of the twenty-five plates in the second part relate entirely to the Custer battle, and others to the Wounded Knee massacre. When the drawings were reproduced in 1967 in A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux, they were singled out as a Custer "Highspot." Szwedzicki also produced portfolios of Kiowa Indian art and Pueblo art, all published in a similar format in the south of France in the 1930s. These portfolios have become rather uncommon due to cannibalization over the years, and it has been suggested that some sets were destroyed during World War II. A beautiful and important collection of 19th-century American Indian art.

    Luther Highspot 105.


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