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According to Patricia Janis Broder. “The bronzes of Adolph Alexander Weinman illustrate a highly stylized approach to sculpture of the American Indian. Weinman modeled a monumental Indian group for the St. Louis Exposition as well as a series of Indian portraits. ... Weinman’s best-known portrait is of Chief Blackbird, whom he described as ‘a stoic, if ever there was one.’ The portrait of Blackbird in his elaborate headdress is totally formal and stylized. The details follow intricate linear patterns which give the work a rhythmic quality.”

LITERATURE:
Patricia Janis Broder, Bronzes of the American West (New York, New York: Harry N.
Abrams, inc., 1974), pages 197-8, example illustrated

PROVENANCE:
The artist
Howard K. Weinman (his son), Milton, Vermont
Charles R. Wood Foundation, Oct. 28, 1976
Private collection, La Jolla, California

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