Indian Family Fleeing a Prairie Fire by Peter Rindisbacher
Indian Family Fleeing a Prairie Fire by Peter Rindisbacher Indian Family Fleeing a Prairie Fire by Peter Rindisbacher Indian Family Fleeing a Prairie Fire by Peter Rindisbacher
Indian Family Fleeing a Prairie Fire by Peter Rindisbacher

Indian Family Fleeing a Prairie Fire by Peter Rindisbacher

  • American painter Peter Rindisbacher is renowned for his portraits of Native Americans
  • Full of drama, this work is a stunning example of his exceptional output
  • It is a rare example of oil painting from this artist who typically worked in watercolor
  • Such works were highly popular during the mid-19th century
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Peter Rindisbacher
1806-1834 | Swiss

Indian Family Fleeing a Prairie Fire

Oil on canvas

Peter Rindisbacher was among the first artists to ever record the American West, and today his paintings of Native Americans and life on the frontier are regarded as both ethnological and artistic treasures. Indian Family Fleeing a Prairie Fire is a rare example of an oil painting from the artist, who primarily produced drawings and watercolors of his Western scenes. Full of drama and intricate detail, the work makes manifest the 19th-century fascination with the Native American tribes, while also recording their vanishing way of life.

Born in Switzerland in 1806, Paul Rindisbacher emigrated with his family to Canada at a young age. He showed an early talent for drawing, and he soon began to record the pioneer life that surrounded him on the northern American frontier. In 1826, after a series of floods and crop failures, the Rindisbachers moved south to what is now Wisconsin. It was there where he first began to gain significant attention for his watercolors and drawings of local Native Americans, as well as for his miniature portraits.

Unfortunately, Rindisbacher's promising career was cut short by his early death, possibly of cholera, in 1834. His depictions of the First Nation tribes of both Canada and the United States, particularly his paintings of the Anishinaabe, Cree and Sioux tribes, are arguably the best of their type of his generation. Today, he is classed with the great George Carlin (who was born three years after his death) as one of the most important portrayers of early Native American life.

Circa 1830

Canvas: 30 1/2" high x 39 1/2" wide
Frame: 33 1/4" high x 42 1/2" wide
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Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
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