Learning Resources for "George Catlin’s American Buffalo"

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Learning Resources for "George Catlin’s American Buffalo"

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CREDIT: George Catlin, View in the Grand Detour, 1900 Miles above St. Louis, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Americans' fascination with the American West is heralded in 40 paintings that comprise George Catlin’s American Buffalo, on view at the Museum from February 13-May 3.

Catlin was among the earliest artists of European descent to chronicle the massive herds of buffalo roaming the Great Plains and to depict their central place in the cultures of American Indian tribes.

Below are some helpful resources for any Museum visitor who wishes to know more about George Catlin, Plains Indian culture, and Western art.



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