This is an example of the 1981 color intaglio print "Orchid", pencil signed at lower right margin and numbered 85/120 at lower left, 29" by 22", unframed, by the famous Native American contemporary artist FRITZ SCHOLDER (1937-2005). Scholder was arguably the best known and influential Native American artist of the second half of the twentieth century. He was 1/4 Luiseno (California Mission) Indian and part German, and as a result of his mixed heritage, found himself uniquely positioned to comment on it through art. His family moved to Sacramento in the mid 1950's and he was soon enrolling at Sacramento State, where Wayne Thiebaud was one of his teachers, introducing him to Pop Art. Thiebaud also helped him launch his first solo exhibition. Over subsequent years, Scholder developed his own distinct style, mixing the contemporary with Pop Art with Southwestern imagery and culture; his vision was a fascinating mix of cultures and artistic movements. He himself became influential over another generation of artists, through his teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts at Santa Fe, New Mexico. Later in life he traveled extensively, including Egypt and North Africa. Scholder created his first etching in 1975. This print is generally clean. It is generally softly rumpled perhaps from slight moisture exposure, and age, but there is no foxing nor staining with the exception of browning at the first few millimeter or two at the extreme sheet edges, hardly worth mentioning except for the sake of accuracy. I do note three tiny slightly darker areas that might be imperfections in the paper, or, possibly, inpaint of tiny abrasions, at lower right field, and a pinpoint pressure point in the margin (see close-up of the former). This was found behind glass in a metal frame without mat. It should be matted with acid-free archival materials. Will be carefully rolled and shipped in a sturdy hard plastic tube.
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