Crouching Indian by a Fire

Crouching Indian by a Fire

c. 1910
E. Irving Couse, American, 1866-1936
Born: Saginaw, MI
Accession Number
Credit Line
Collectors' Choice Benefit Fund, 1986

E. Irving Couse, Crouching Indian by a Fire, about 1910. Oil on canvas; 11 3/8 x 15 3/8 in.
Funds from 1986 Collectors’ Choice, 1986.8

image height: 11 3/8 in, 28.8925 cm; image width: 15 3/8 in, 39.0525 cm; frame height: 19 3/8 in, 49.2125 cm; frame width: 23 1/8 in, 58.7375 cm; frame depth: 1 1/2 in, 3.81 cm
BR:"E.I. Couse"
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
This object is currently on view

Like many American artists of his time, E. Irving Couse trained in French art academies. When he moved to New Mexico, he brought those traditional academic painting habits with him: working in a studio from models that he posed with props, painting the human form with as little clothing as possible, and banishing almost all signs of the modern world from his work.

Como muchos artistas estadounidenses de su tiempo, E. Irving Couse se formó en academias de arte francesas. Cuando se trasladó a Nuevo México, llevó con él aquellos tradicionales hábitos de la pintura académica: trabajaba en un estudio con modelos a los que hacía posar con accesorios, pintaba la forma humana con la menor cantidad de ropa posible, y evitaba usar elementos del mundo moderno en su obra.

Known Provenance
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Farren, Tulsa, OK; Purchased by the Denver Art Museum, 1986.
Exhibition History
  • "BackStory: Western American Art in Context"—History Colorado, 3/18/2017 - 2/11/2018