Friends in the Kickapoo tribe on a nearby reservation in southwestern Wisconsin introduced Laverne Nelson Black to Native American culture. After his family moved to Chicago, Black studied at the Academy of Art there. A career in newspaper illustration followed, but Black used his time away to travel and paint the West, especially Taos, then the center of Western art. Poor health caused Black to relocate to Taos where he developed a style that made extensive use of the palette knife. Black died at the age of 51, perhaps as a result of the lead content in the paints he used while executing a WPA mural commission in the Phoenix post office.
The painting is in good condition, inpainting as noted in report. Canvas has been lined.
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