|Edward S. Curtis
The North American Indian: being a series of Portfolios picturing and describing the Indians of the United States, the Dominion of Canada, and Alaska, Portfolio XII, Plate 434: Tewa Girls
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Creator Name: Curtis, Edward S.
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1868 - 1952
Biography: Edward S. Curtis American, 1868 - 1952Edward Sheriff Curtis, born near White Water, Wisconsin, was a well-established commercial photographer before he undertook his best known work shortly before the turn of the century. Working first as photographer for the Edward H. Harriman expedition in Alaska (1899), he later secured the endorsement of Theodore Roosevelt and the support of J. P. Morgan for an extensive anthropological and photographic study of Native Americans. Curtis's work from 1906 -- 20 resulted in The North American Indian and eventually generated 40,000 negatives, of which 1,200 were presented in gravure form in the 20 volumes and 20 accompanying portfolios of his study. Although his intentions were anthropological and scholarl -- to preserve the appearance and customs of a dying race -- Curtis nevertheless was affected by the artistic styles of his time. His portraits and tableaux were often strongly pictorialist, as their presentation on imported papers and in rarefied media such as orotone would suggest. His scientific aims were frequently undercut by a personal interpretation of his subjects, to whom he often supplied costumes and props. Time has proved Curtis, in this era of his career, equally an artist and an anthropologist. His later work in Los Angeles, which deserves further study, focused on Hollywood and the world of movies. T.W.F.
Creator Birth Place: near White Water, WI
Creator Death Place: Los Angeles, CA 10/21/1952
Creator Name-CRT: Edward S. Curtis
Title: The North American Indian: being a series of Portfolios picturing and describing the Indians of the United States, the Dominion of Canada, and Alaska, Portfolio XII, Plate 434: Tewa Girls
Title Type: Primary
Creation Start Date: 1921
Creation End Date: 1921
Creation Date: 1921
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Portfolio
Materials and Techniques: photogravure
Dimensions: Image: 28.7cm x 39.1cm, Paper: 45cm x 56.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 19188.8.131.52
Credit Line: Presented by Mrs. James H. Hoyt, Elton Hoyt, II, and Mrs. Amasa Stone Mather in memory of James H.
AMICA ID: CMA_.19184.108.40.206
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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