Kay-a-gís-gis, a Young Woman (Q20540152)

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: woman (Q467) portrait (Q134307) Indigenous peoples of the United States (Q49297)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 4188

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: George Catlin described Kay-a-gís-gis as “a beautiful young woman pulling her hair out of braid.” Catlin painted this portrait at Fort Union in the upper Midwest in 1832, and it was one of his first attempts to show facial expression. The woman’s smile, somewhat forced, but engagingly shy and self-conscious, is an indication of the artist's growing perception of individual qualities among subjects whose appearance had not been critically examined before. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)
keywords Dress – ethnic – Indian dress Portrait female – Kay A Gis Gis Ethnic – Indian – Ojibwa

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