New York, Park Avenue
4 December 1996
Alfred Barye (French, active late 19th century)
'Wakuta-Peau-Rouge de la Buffalo Bills Cy', A Bronze Figure of an Indian on Horseback
inscribed 'A. BARYE'
31in. (79cm.) high, rich blackish brown patina
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P. Broder, Bronzes of the American West, New York, 1974, p. 212, pl. 214
Although this bronze was made in Europe by a Frenchman who never visited the United States, the work is proof of the impact of the Continental tours of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The naturalistically modelled Indian with his authentic war paint and costume added a romantic image to Barye's oeuvre.
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