Pin It

Parting Shot: Sitting Bull 

click to enlarge CRC-Aug-Parting-Shot.gif

 

 

When Sitting Bull drew Self-Portrait in Battle in 1874, two years before the Battle of Little Bighorn, he drew himself not only as he was, but also how he saw himself spiritually. Sitting Bull proclaimed he’d had a vision of US soldiers being defeated as they tried to overtake the sacred Sioux territory. Leading more than 3,000 Hunkpapa Lakota warriors in 1876, he routed Gen. George Custer and the US Army in the Battle of Little Bighorn. The United States would soon retaliate, and, eventually, force Sitting Bull and his tribe to surrender. But that was in the future. Here, he draws himself in his war bonnet, armed with a triple-bladed club and riding a horse streaked with war paint. He charges forward, firing his rifle and clasping an American flag. Why Sitting Bull, who felt betrayed by the US, depicts himself with the Stars and Stripes is one of the delicious mysteries of the drawing. Self-Portrait in Battle is part of “Myth and Reality: The Art of the Great Plains,” on view through December 30 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. The exhibit features selections from the museum’s 800-piece Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, which includes objects dating back 2,500 years. (877)-547-1450; www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

 


Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Groundbreaker: Farrand’s 1912 Garden at Bellefield @ Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Groundbreaker: Farrand’s 1912 Garden at Bellefield

Tue., July 22, 11 a.m. — The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association is offering a guided tour of the...
The Danish Widow @ Powerhouse Theater

The Danish Widow

Wed., July 16, 8 p.m., Thu., July 17, 8 p.m., Fri., July 18, 8 p.m., Sat., July 19, 2 p.m., Sun., July 20, 2 p.m., Tue., July 22, 8 p.m., Wed., July 23, 8 p.m., Thu., July 24, 8 p.m., Fri., July 25, 8 p.m., Sat., July 26, 2 p.m. and Sun., July 27, 2 p.m. — Presented by Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse. A new...

View all of today's events

Latest in Visual Art

Related to Visual Art

Hudson Valley Tweets