George Catlin American Indian Portraits at National Portrait

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George Catlin American Indian Portraits at National Portrait

Postby jasperjoffe » Mon May 13, 2013 11:40 am

http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/george-catlin-american-indian-portraits/exhibition.php

I love this show. There is something great about the sheer number of cursorily painted Native Americans which excites my painterly blood. I particularly liked the room with all the portraits in a grid with odd black frames, I wish they had them all to hang. There is a touch of Goya here, and his painting occassionally ham fisted through sheer energy attains a panache of paint seeking to describe and lots to be done. They are more than the sum of their parts, and the history is kinda interesting too.
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