The Watchful Fox, Chief of the Tribe with Tinselled Buck no. 4,520

The Watchful Fox, Chief of the Tribe with Tinselled Buck no. 4,520

2008
Artist
Kent Monkman, Cree, Fisher River Band, Canadian, b. 1965
Born: Ontario
Work Locations: Toronto, ON
Culture
Cree or Fisher River Band
Country
Canada
painting
Acrylic paint on canvas
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
2015.657

Kent Monkman (Fisher River Band Cree), The Watchful Fox, Chief of the Tribe with Tinselled Buck no. 4,520, 2008. Acrylic paint on canvas; 30 x 24 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2015.657

Dimensions
height: 30 in, 76.2000 cm; width: 24 in, 60.9600 cm; frame height: 35 1/8 in, 89.2175 cm; frame width: 29 in, 73.6600 cm; frame depth: 2 1/8 in, 5.3975 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America

Here Monkman revisits a subject by the painter George Catlin, but added into the background a character of his own invention, “Tinselled Buck”. The primary figure is faithful to the stoic Catlin rendering while the figure in the background is whimsical and flamboyant. The ghost-like image is a reminder of the historical presence of two-spirit, or gender variant, individuals and a recognition of their erasure by both Native and non-Native artists.

Known Provenance
Purchased 2015 from the artist by Vicki and Kent Logan; Gifted 2015 to Denver Art Museum