Dog and Dead Warrior

Dog and Dead Warrior

1971
Artist
Fritz Scholder, Luiseño, American, 1937-2005
Born: Breckenridge, MN
Work Locations: Santa Fe, NM, Scottsdale, AZ
Culture
Luiseño
painting
oil paint on canvas
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
2016.176

Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), Dog and Dead Warrior, 1971. Oil paint on canvas; 72 x 54 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2016.176

Dimensions
height: 72 in, 182.8800 cm; width: 54 in, 137.1600 cm; frame height: 73 3/16 in, 185.8963 cm; frame width: 57 7/16 in, 145.8913 cm; frame depth: 1 13/16 in, 4.6038 cm
Inscription
Signature in BRC.
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America

The relationship between a figure and the space around it is an important part of figurative painting. Here Scholder took a simple human form, put it in a bleak landscape with a dog sniffing about, and called attention to the aftermath of violence with the title and splattering of red paint. The contorted figure fills the canvas, forcing us to confront the subject, while the relationship between it and the dog increases the tension in the scene.

Known Provenance
Larsen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, about 2013; purchased by Vicki and Kent Logan, Scottsdale, AZ, 2013; gifted to Denver Art Museum, 2016
Exhibition History
  • “Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980”—Denver Art Museum, 10/4/2015 - 1/17/2016
  • Phoenix Art Museum, 2/27/2016 - 6/5/2016
  • Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 6/23/2016 - 9/18/2016

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