Cover Art Description:
Images of Indians wearing feather headdresses while riding horseback across the plains abound in western art. In 1913-1914 German artist Julius Seyler took what was for the time an avant garde approach to this traditional subject to create Mounted Indian in the Lead (oil on paper, 29" x 23"), reproduced on the front cover courtesy the Sigrid Reisch Collection. William E. Farr tells the story of how this European impressionist came to paint the Blackfeet Indians in an article beginning on page 52. In his article "`Flying Buffaloes’: Artists and the Buffalo Hunt" (beginning on page 2), Brian W. Dippie analyzes the iconography of more traditional portrayals of Plains Indians, including those by George Catlin, whose lithograph Buffalo Chase (1845, 23" x 16-1/2", Montana Historical Society Library Collection) graces the back cover.
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