This is an example of a color lithograph print, circa 1980's, signed boldly in white pencil at lower right center and numbered 42/120 at lower left, the sheet 30" by 21 3/4", by the famous Native American contemporary artist FRITZ SCHOLDER (1937-2005). The subject appears to be a donkey or burro, or possibly a wolf, all familiar sights in the Southwest. 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 very clean. This was found behind glass. It should be matted with acid-free archival materials. Can be carefully rolled and shipped in a sturdy hard plastic tube, or flat (former would likely reduce shipping costs significantly). This proved to be exceptionally difficult to photograph without reflections. What appears in one image, bottom half, as a horizontal line, below which color is significantly lighter, is just reflection. I took this out of the frame to inspect. There are tiny flaws, a slight crinkle at extreme upper left corner, a tiny lighter area smaller than a pencil eraser in diameter, in field, and the framer from the 80's or whatever affixed adhesive strips to the reverse to hold this to a backing board. It is free from the board but the old strips remain. Photos of this available upon request. None of the issues should be of much consequence to the collector.
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