Wée-ke-rú-law, He Who Exchanges (Q20540087)

Label from: English (en)

artist: George Catlin (Q455133)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
country of origin: United States of America (Q30)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
depicts: Indigenous peoples of the United States (Q49297) man (Q8441) portrait (Q134307)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 4089

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: This portrait reflects George Catlin’s respect for the Native Americans who posed for him. He Who Exchanges looked directly at Catlin while the painter worked to capture his likeness. The figure’s pose reflects the symbolic importance of the effigy pipe he holds in his hand. Catlin had been given a similar pipe by a Pawnee, who explained that the seated figure on the pipe was his own portrait and that it would enable him to look a white man in the face. (Gurney and Heyman, eds., George Catlin and His Indian Gallery, 2002)
keywords Ethnic – Indian – Oto Portrait male – He Who Exchanges – bust Recreation – leisure – smoking

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