Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Scottsdale, AZ
Sotheby’s, New York, NY, 1998
Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, Reno, NV, 2004
Edgar S. Paxson’s frequent use of watercolor, particularly in his head and full-body portraits of Native Americans, happened with a stroke of luck starting around 1900 “in response to the adequate natural light for painting in oil during winter in smoky Butte, [Montana],” writes William Edgar Paxson Jr., the artist’s great-grandson, in E.S. Paxson: Frontier Artist. “He found that by working in watercolor he could dash off complete images during brief periods of favorable light. He quickly became intrigued with these small studies and found that they were readily purchased by local buyers…” Today these portraits represent an important period of Native American portraits within Western art.
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