Entitled: “The Young American…A girl from Flathead Lake~ Montana”, this dramatic character portrait is a superb close-up character study of a lovely Native American young woman with symbols of her culture framing her. It is in excellent, all original condition, signed in the lower right hand corner: Don Prechtel and titled on the original exhibit plaque set into the back of the frame. Framed in its carved Aztec influence original gold washed frame, the oil on canvas measures 12 inches high by 16.5 inches wide. The frame measures 20 inches by 24 inches. Be sure and see the smaller mated Flathead Chief portrait painting which companions with this lovely Flathead girl. They make a dramatic set paired. Painted in the 1970s.
This superb lifetime collection from the estate of an associate and long time friend of the artist Don Prechtel (1937-) features many of the artist’s early (professional artist since 1968), and mid era work. Well Listed, American Western Artist Don Prechtel is renowned for his historical accuracy and quality in his work. A biography of this famous artist can be found at the many galleries exhibiting his work, museums that have his work in their art collections, and at his own website. He is well listed including “Contemporary Western Artists”. He has been the subject of many articles, his work gracing the covers and interiors of a number of books, and he is also a major historical muralist hired by many universities, museums, and communities. He has recently completed 4 massive murals for the new and remodeled wings of the Natural History Museum on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon. His gallery oils of small size (5” by 7” example) sell $500-$1000. His large 3ft. to 4 ft. paintings sell in the range of $25,000, and his 16 by 30 and 24 by 24 sizes sell for between $4000 and $9000. His Civil War prints are extremely well known and sought after.
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