Ernest Blumenschein and the Indians

An exhibition of Blumenschein's work entitled In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein will be on view at the Denver Art Museum from November 8 to February 8, 2009; and at the Phoenix Art Museum from March 15 to June 15, 2009. It was also organized by the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, where it was shown through September. The accompanying catalogue was written by Peter H. Hassrick and Elizabeth J. Cunningham, who are co-curators of the exhibition.

1 Ernest L. Blumenschein interview with Dewitt M. Lockman, transcript, 1927, p. 6, Dewitt Lockman Papers, New-York Historical Society, New York, copy in the Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library, Midland, Texas.

2 Ernest L. Blumenschein, "Behind the Scenes at a ‘Wild West' Show," Harper's Weekly, vol. 42, no. 2158 (April 30, 1898), p. 422.

3 Hamlin Garland, "General Custer's Last Fight as Seen by Two Moons," McClure's Magazine, vol. 11, no. 5 (September 1898), pp. 443-445.

4 See, for example, his illustration Wards of the Nation-Their First Vacation from School on the cover of Harper's Weekly, vol. 43, no. 2217 (June 17, 1899); his illustrations for Hamlin Garland, "Sitting Bull's Defiance," McClure's Magazine, vol. 10, no. 1 (November 1902); and his plates in Charles A. Eastman, Indian Boyhood (McClure, Phillips, and Company, New York, 1902).

5 Lockman interview, p. 12.

6 "Ernest L. Blumenschein," Dayton Daily Journal, January 9, 1899.

7 Ernest L. Blumenschein to Alexander Wilson Drake, September 15, 1901, Blumenschein Papers, Archives of American Art, Washington.

8 Ernest Peixotto, "The Field of Art," Scribner's Magazine, vol. 54, no. 2 (1913), p. 258.

9 Ernest L. Blumenschein interview with Reginald Fisher, 1948, Blumenschein Papers.

10 Ernest L. Blumenschein, "Ernest Leonard Blumenschein," typewritten autobiographical sketch, c. 1930, Ted Schwarz Papers, Special Collections Library, Arizona State University, Tempe.

11 Ibid.

12 Quoted in "The Artist Colony Corner," Taos Valley News, March 15, 1924.

PETER H. HASSRICK is the director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum.

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by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), 1926. Macassar ebony, amaranth, and ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Cynthia Drayton

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