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© Paris - Musée du Quai Branly

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly

© Musée du Louvre - Marie-Alice Seydoux-Loiseau

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CATLIN, George

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1794 - Jersey City, New Jersey, 1872

Portrait de Maun-gua-daus (Grand Héros), chef d'Ojibway Portrait of Maun-gua-daus (Great Hero), Chief of the Ojibways

LP 6687; Inventaire du Musée de l'Homme M.H. 71.1930.54.2007; numéro de l'inventaire Morel-Fatio 1831-2857.

vers 1846

Oil on canvas

H: 0, 65 m. ; W: 0, 81 m.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly

Painting

From 1787 to 1865


Historical

Commissioned by King Louis-Philippe in 1846 for the Galeries Historiques at Versailles. Musée de la Marine after 1856. Musée des Antiquités Nationales at St-Germain-en-Laye between 1908 and 1911. Loaned from the Musée des Antiquités Nationales to the Musée de Trocadero, 1929. Musée de l'Homme. Musée de Quai Branly, 2006.


Comment

This painting is a copy of one of a series of portraits that Catlin painted of members of the Ojibway tribe that he encountered in Paris in 1846.

"He was one of the troop that came to Paris in 1844. His head-dress is made of falcon feathers. His shirt is richly ornamented with porcupine quills and with tufts of hair, and his shield is made from the paws of the gray bear." (Source: Records of the Musée du Louvre, 1846, inventaire LP, Fol 406)


Related works

This work belongs to a series of fifteen commissioned copies of paintings that Catlin made of life among the Plains Indians of North America. The series was commissioned by King Louis-Philippe in 1846. Today, twelve of the original fifteen are in the collection of the Musée de l'Homme - Quai Branly. Two others (LP 6692, LP 6681) are probably still in their last verified location, the Musée des Antiquités, St-Germain-en-Laye, although their location has not been verified. The last of the series (LP 6694) is presently in the collection of the Musée franco-américain du château de Blérancourt.


Bibliography

George Catlin, Catalogue raisonné de la Galerie Indienne, Paris (2 éditions), 1845;

George Catlin, Illustrations of the manners, customs and conditions of the North American Indians, London, 6th edition, 2 vols., 1848;

George Catlin, Catlin's Notes of eight years' travel and residence in Europe with the North American Indian collection, London, 2 vols., 1848;

Courrier du Louvre, Revue des Beaux-Arts, XV° Livr., 1850, p. 227;

Harold McCracken, George Catlin and the Old Frontier, New York, 1959;

Les Indiens de la Prairie. Dessins et notes sur les moeurs, les coutumes et la vie des Indiens de l'Amérique du Nord, Club des Libraires de France, Paris, 1959;

George Catlin, peintre des Indiens, Centre culturel Américain, Paris, 1963;

Thomas L. McKennoy and James Hall, The Indian Tribes of North America, Edinburgh, 3 vols., 1972;

William H. Truettner, "Témoignage d'une race disparue, La Galerie Indienne de George Catlin, " Connaissance des Arts, janvier 1982, n°359;

Kathryn S. Hight, "Doomed to perish: George Catlin's depictions of the Mandan, " Art Journal 1990, volume 49, n°2;

Daniel Lévine, Amérique, continent imprévu, la rencontre de deux monde, éd. Bordas, Paris, 1992;

Peter Matthiessen, George Catlin les indiens d'Amérique du Nord, éd. Albin Michel, 1992; Guide de l'exp. A la rencontre des Amériques, de l'Alaska à la terre de feu, Musée de l'Homme, Paris, 1993;

Cat. exp. Parures d'histoire, peaux de bisons peintes des indiens d'Amérique du Nord, Paris, Musée de l'Homme, 1993;

Brian W. Dippie, Therese Thau Heyman, Christopher Mulvey, Joan Carpenter Troccoli, cat. exp.: George Catlin and his Indian Gallery, éd. George Gurney and Thérése Thau Heyman, Smithonian American art Museum, W.W. Norton & Company, 2002;

Daniel Fabre et Claude Macherel, dossier "Le musée indien de George Catlin", Gradhiva, revue d'anthropologie et de muséologie, n°3 nouvelle série, musée de Quai Branly, juin 2006.