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Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952)
LOT ID: 64877
A Gray Day in the Bad Lands - Sioux, 1905

Photogravure, Japanese Gampi tissue
18 х 22 in. (45.72 x 55.88 cm.)
Plate signed, below image, center.
Print/Casting Year 1908
Foundry/Publisher John Andrew & Son / The North American Indian Inc.
Lot description
Artist: Edward S. Curtis
Title: A Gray Day in the Bad Lands - Sioux
Medium: Photogravure, Japanese Gampi tissue
Portfolio III, Plate 86
Paper Size: 18" x 22"" (45.7cm x 55.8cm)
Image Size: 12" x 15.88" (30.5cm x 40.3cm)

The gallery retail for this photograph is $9,750.
Auction Estimate: $5,500 - $7,500

A party of Sioux riders, wrapped closely in their blankets, ride in silence, through the Badlands of South Dakota. In this evocative vintage photogravure Curtis captured the feel of this day and the simplicity of life lived in nature.

This vintage photogravure and overmat are in excellent condition. It is an excellent, rich impression and a fine example of the photogravure process on rare gampi “tissue” paper. This photogravure was professionally washed and de-acidified to restore it to its original archival state and beauty.

This original vintage photogravure is printed on handmade Japanese gampi (“tissue”) paper. This is the rarest and most expensive of the three original paper stocks chosen by Curtis and J.P. Morgan for Curtis’ North American Indian project. Only Morgan and a few others paid the substantial premium to get the rare tissue edition. Tissue prints are noted for their subtlety, luminosity, and strength. Gampi papermaking is a millennia old tradition in Japan and the art is often handed down within a family from generation to generation over hundreds of years.

Edward Curtis is the most widely collected fine art photography in the history of the medium, and his work is found in major public and private collections internationally. He has also become the most widely exhibited. His work has moved viewers on every continent but Antarctica. He created an unprecedented body of work, which has won awards and accolades internationally. While the project nearly drove him into bankruptcy and cost him his health and family, today the aggregate value of the photographs he created exceeds one half of a billion dollars. Please see biography link above for further details.
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