"Red Cloud--Oglala" is an original lithograph by Leonard Baskin. The artist signed the piece in the lower right. This piece is a proof before publication and depicts the face of a Native American man named Red Cloud.
Artwork Size: 11" x 7"
Frame Size: 22" x 18 1/8"
Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was an american artist born in New Jersey and taught art classes in Massachusetts. He has received many public commissions (including a bas relief for the FDR Memorial), honors, and his work is owned by many major museums around the world. Additionally, Baskin was a teacher at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. As a champion for human rights, Baskin created many pieces celebrating those who were seldom recognized.
Baskin’s interest in nineteenth century Native Americans was roused into acute attendance from ignorant indifference, when the National Park Service asked him to provide illustrations for the handbook that described the then called “Custer National Park”, now called “Little Big-Horn National Park”. Baskin’s detestation of Custer was as near instantaneous as was his respect for the people of the Sioux. He created two series of lithographs of diverse Nineteenth Century Native Americans, in which he has captured the sense of loss and betrayal felt by these people, as well as the despairing and aloof dignity of the nineteenth century chiefs.