Oscar Howe (Yanktonai Dakota, 1915-1983), Sioux Eagle Dancer, 1954. Casein and damar paint on paper; 20 x 22 1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Santa Fe Railroad Purchase Award, Fourth Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Indian Painting, 1954.261. Courtesy Estate of Oscar Howe
height: 20 in, 50.8000 cm; width: 22.5 in, 57.1500 cm; mat height: 30 in, 76.2000 cm; mat width: 40 in, 101.6000 cm
"Oscar Howe", bottom right
Indigenous Arts of North America
Oscar Howe challenged the definitions of Indian art with his unique and innovative style of creating figures in motion. By using lines and planes to emphasize movement, Howe both shocked and excited the Indian art world in the 1950s. Although some critics dismissed his work as derivative of European cubism, Howe maintained that his inspiration was firmly rooted in historic Sioux abstractions— such as those found in beadwork—as well as his own artistic creativity.
Oscar Howe [1915-1983], Vermillion, SD, 1954 (entered into DAM’s Fourth Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Indian Painting); Denver Art Museum, via the Santa Fe Railroad Award, 1954.
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