LOT 279

Eanger Irving Couse


The Sculptor

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

DIMENSIONS: 24 x 20 inches

Signed lower right

SHIPPING DIMENSIONS: 35 x 31 x 3 inches

SOLD FOR: $117,000.00

Including Buyers Premium

Additional Information

Braus Art Gallery, New York, NY, 1915
Mr. Lutz, 1916
Private collection, Williamson, GA
Private collection, Texas

American Art News, “14 Indian Pictures at Braus Gallery,” New York, April 9,
1915, image was published with title Indian Sculptor.

Painted just a year before the formation of the Taos Society of Artists, Eanger Irving Couse’s painting The Sculptor (also referred to as Indian Sculptor by the artist) shows a Native American figure using tools to carve a pictograph figure into a wall. The piece was originally presented in a show at the Braus Art Gallery, from April 8 to 17, 1915, in New York City. The solo exhibition, which received notice in art publications at the time, included other classic Couse works The Medicine Water, The Pueblo Housetop and Prayer to the Water God. In addition to the paintings in the exhibition, Couse also decorated the gallery with pottery and other Native American items from his collection to help set a mood that would transport visitors to the Taos Pueblo. “The Rocky Mountain region abounds in pictographs cut into the rocks by the ancient Indians representing figures of men and animals and symbols of natural phenomenon,” Couse wrote about his subject. “Having no written language, the Indians depicted their deeds and legends by pictorial representation on skin or the rocks…”


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