An Island of Redbuds on the CimarronBrummett Echohawk

Date: 1968
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 71.8 x 96.8 cm
Accession Number: 01.2596

Pink blossoms enliven this horseshoe bend in the sandy-bottomed Cimarron River where Brummett Echohawk’s family settled after the Pawnee forcibly left their ancestral lands. Painting with a bowie knife, the artist stretched storm clouds across the prairie sky, swirled spring hues along the riverbank, and layered thick paint with incised lines on the windblown redbud. More than a landscape with flowering trees, this painting is a tribute to home.

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