Ledger art on authentic 19th century post cards
with cancelled period stamps
by Brent Learned
Arapaho

Brent Learned is an outstanding artist who is gaining popularity at a very impressive pace.
We highly recommend his work for its aesthetic quality as well as investment potential.

 

 

3 inches tall by 5.25 inches wide.

Item #PC1 ~ $30 Includes shipping

 

 

 

3 inches tall by 5.25 inches wide.

Item #PC2 ~ $30 Includes shipping

 

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NATIVE PEOPLES MAGAZINE: 6 Urban Natives In The Arts (July/August 1014)


 

Ledger art is a term for Plains Indian narrative drawing or painting on paper or cloth. It  flourished primarily from the 1860s to the 1920s. A revival of ledger art began in the 1960s and 1970s. The term comes from the accounting ledger books that were a common source of paper for Plains Indians during the late 19th century. Ledger art evolved from Plains hide painting. Among Plains tribes, women traditionally paint abstract, geometrical designs, whereas men paint representational designs. The men's designs were often heraldic devices or visions painted on shields, tipis, shirts, leggings, or robes. Before the Plains tribes were forced to live on reservations in the 1870s, men generally painted personal feats in battle or hunting. Plains ledger art depicted communally acknowledged events of valor and tribal importance in order to gain status for the individuals who participated in them, and their band and kin. Plains pictorial art emphasizes narrative action and eliminates unnecessary detail or backgrounds. Figures tended to be drawn in hard outlines and filled with solid fields of color.These were all traditionally painted on animal hides – particularly buffalo hides. When buffalo became scarce after eradication programs encouraged by the US federal government, Plains artists began painting and drawing on paper, canvas, and muslin.

 

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