Gertrude Käsebier

The Red Man

c. 1900-1901
Category: 
In 1898 Gertrude Käsebier witnessed, from her studio, the passing parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Inviting the participants for tea, she took the opportunity to make their portraits, forging a long-lasting connection with many of her Sioux sitters. Käsebier's documentation of the Wild West Show was complex. She was appalled at the way in which these people were being used for entertainment purposes, yet unable to free herself of the desire to picture a representative type. She took every effort, nonetheless, to express the respect she held for her subjects. Here, she makes frank contact with the sitter, and the print is warm-toned and generous in format.
Title
The Red Man
Date
c. 1900-1901
Medium
Photograph
Materials
platinum print
Dimensions
36 x 25.6 cm; image: 34.4 x 25.6 cm irregular
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
31394