Lot 404
Paul Dyck
1917-2006
The White Buffalo Spirit Medicine
Egg Tempera
Dimensions: 36 x 48 inches
Framed Dimensions: 48 x 60 x 3 inches
Signed lower right
Signed, titled and dated 1977 verso
Sold For: $ 7,488.00
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A descendant of the great Flemish and English painter Anthony Van Dyck, Paul Dyck grew up with his pioneer family among the Blackfeet, Crow, and Cheyenne near Calgary. He was sent to Europe to study art, became an important collector and lecturer on American Indian culture and was adopted into both the Sioux and Blackfoot Nations. The White Buffalo is one of Dyck’s most important paintings, depicting a legend he had been told, one that explains the vanishing of the buffalo, and of the Buffalo Culture he himself had witnessed and shared. “The far-ranging hunters shared strange stories. They had heard of others having seen a Buffalo Spirit in human shape riding a white buffalo and following a great herd. The buffalo returned and the people were happy. Then one year the sacred life-giving herds failed to appear. The buffalo were gone forever…the Blackfeet people had lost their way of life.” This lot is illustrated in The Story of Leanin’ Tree on page 207 A copy of the book will accompany this lot

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