Hauser painted more than one version of Kicking Bear
This one was painted in 1903, but there's a similar undated picture entitled War Eagle. earlier in thr thread I speculated that the face may have been based on this photo, which I assume was taken during Kicking Bear's stint with Cody during 1891:
I wonder, however, if it isn't based on this reversed Dinwiddie photo from 1896:
It wouldn't be the first time Hauser used a reverse image of a photo; as stated above, he seems to have done so with his portrait of Wolf Robe.
There are two more Hauser Kicking Bears that I know of. One shows a man without a bonnet and I wonder if the figure is based on Rinehart's Black Man, Arapaho:
However, the poses in the Dinwiddie photos aren't a million miles away (except that Kicking Bear is holding a pipe in all Hauser's variations); indeed, the man holding the rifle in this manner is one hauser seems to have returned to again and again (see the previous page, for example).
This is difficult to make out from the size of the reproduction, but the man second from the right of this picture, Cheyenne Camp, apears to be in The Challenge. I THINK its the reverse of the man wearing the hat and red blanket who is under the raised arm of the man in the left foreground.
Last Edit: Jul 20, 2011 10:31:55 GMT -5 by grahamew
Portrait of Chief Red Cloud, 1902 oil on canvas signed and dated 1902 l.r. title Chief Red Cloud l.l. inscribed on reverse by the artist: Chief of all Sioux/ by John Hauser/ Pine Ridge Reservation/ 1902 24 x 16 in.
This is the second portrait of Chief Red Cloud that has surfaced at Cowan's Auctions in recent years. The first, an exterior portrait of Red Cloud, did not compare to any of the known photographs of the Chief, nor does this execution compare to photographs. In fact, little is known of Hauser's activity. However, given the inscription on the back of the painting, Pine Ridge Reservation a place where Hauser frequently worked, it can be assumed that Hauser painted Red Cloud from life, or possibly from personal photographs.
The discovery of John Hauser's personal photograph albums in 2010 shed much light on the otherwise obscure artist from Cincinnati, who was well travelled and spent much of his time at Pine Ridge Reservation. From the sketchbook, we learned that Hauser often executed paintings from his personal collection of photography. However, much of this work would have been accomplished later in the artist's studio back in Cincinnati. Red Cloud and Hauser would have almost certainly crossed paths at Pine Ridge, though in what manner, is not entirely clear. Despite this uncertainty, the artist's reputation as a friend of the Sioux and a welcomed visitor, encourages the liklihood that Hauser painted Red Cloud from life.
This may be of interest to persons following this thread: Straight White Shield. A Life and Works of John Hauser (1859-1913. With a catalogue raisonné. By Edward Paxton Harris and Jerry Glenn is scheduled for publication in February 2012. There will be a complete illustrated listing of known portraits by Hauser, as well as his other works. If you are interested in receiving notification of the book's release and availability, please contact email@example.com
Hauser's painting of Chief Bald Face, Sioux (undated):
The same body shape and shield feature in an 1896 paiting of Chief Plenty Horses, Sioux (which I've seen but don't have an image to post). The same face and body shape are clearly evident in Hauser's 1905 painting, Chief Plenty Horses, Ogalalla (sic) Sioux:
Here's the Lakota Plenty Horses, photographed in 1891:
There is a certain resemblance. However, I came across this photo of Hituena, a Gros Ventre, taken in 1909 by De Lancey Gill:
This doesn't look like Iron Tail (certainly not the Iron Tail associated with the Wild West show of this era) and it doesn't look like Hauser's other portait of Iron Tail (who also isn't THE Iron Tail). Any ideas who it is?
Cowan's Auctions have put an image of the back of the Red Cloud painting in reply #37 above:
As you can see it clearly says 1902 and sems to suggest it was painted on Pine Ridge. As mentioned earlier, however, it is also clearly based, at least in part, on the McIntire photograph which was dated 1904 - also by Cowan's. In Goodyear's book about Red Cloud, two McIntire photos are reproduced of Red Cloud dated 1904, so I wonder if that's where the date comes from. They don't appear to be from the same session as the one posted above, however: I can't make out a pipe and his bandana is over his collar, not under it (and it also seems to be darker). If it is, of course, it raises some interesting questions about the dating of either the photographs or the painting.
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2011 13:58:37 GMT -5 by grahamew