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Label, Buffalo Trail Fine Art Galleries, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Label, The Vantage Collection of American Western Art, Dallas, Texas

In 1833, the artist Karl Bodmer signed on with German Prince Maximilian to travel first by steamer and the keelboat to Fort McKenzie on the upper Missouri River. Their purpose was to study the land and the native people of this largely unexplored region. Biographer Susan Hallsten McGarry wrote, “Riley used Bodmer’s portrait of Piegan Chief Iron Shirt as a resource.… However, as in all his work, Riley expands on the human interaction of the explorers and their subjects, bringing them his personal excitement in imagining the energy that would have filled the room as the artist captured a likeness for posterity.”

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