Rudolf Cronau (German, 1855-1939), Indians Under Wolf Skins Scouting an Emigrant Camp
Rudolf Cronau (German, 1855-1939)
Indians Under Wolf Skins Scouting an Emigrant Camp
Pen and Ink with black and white wash on artist’s board
Signed lower left ‘R. Cronau’
Image size: 14 ¼ x 19 7/8"
Frame size: 27 1/4 x 22 1/4"
Provenance: The Artist, Margaret Cronau Wunderlich, Gerold Wunderlich, Wunderlich & Co., Inc.
Catlin’s description of a similar scene (“Buffalo Hunt, Wolf Skin Mask”, plate 13 from Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio ) is equally valid when applied to this image “The Indian, superior in craft to both... [the buffalo and wolf], and... [not owning] a horse, has [adopted]... the stratagem represented in this plate, of profiting by these circumstances, by placing himself under the skin of a white wolf, with his weapons in hand, in which plight he often creeps over the level prairies (where there is no object to conceal him) to close company with the unsuspecting herd... In this plate is a just representation of the level prairies which often occur for many miles together, affording to the eye of a traveller, in all directions, a complete type of the ocean in a calm; green near and around him, but changing to blue in the distance; without tree or shrub, or slightest undulation to break the perfect line of the surrounding horizon.”
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