Lot 9

Howard Terpning "Medicine Shields of Blackfoot"

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$25 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
Featured in this lot is a giclee canvas called "Medicine Shields of Blackfoot," from American artist Howard Terpning, who was born in 1927. The painting features a wonderfully and professionally crafted giclee on canvas construction. The scene is of two Native American warriors crouching in the sage brush both with shields in their hands and quivers of arrows strapped to their back. The artwork is signed in the bottom left hand corner and is numbered 50/650. Howard Terpning (born November 5, 1927) is an American painter and illustrator best known for his paintings of Native Americans. When he turned 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served from 1945 through 1946. He was stationed in China for nine months. After leaving the Marines, he enrolled at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in their two-year commercial art program using the G.I. Bill to pay his tuition. To further his study, he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago for six months where he honed his life drawing and painting skills. After art school, a family friend introduced Terpning to Haddon Sundblom, a successful and highly regarded illustrator of that time. In 1955, he moved to a Milwaukee studio where he stayed for three years before relocating to New York where he was hired by a major Chicago studio. By 1962, he was working as a freelance artist using an agent to facilitate the business side of his craft. In addition to illustrating for magazines, Terpning completed over 80 movie posters starting with The Guns of Navarone in 1961. Other examples include Cleopatra, Doctor Zhivago, The Sound of Music, The Sand Pebbles, and the 1967 re-release of Gone with the Wind. In 1967, he headed to Vietnam as a civilian combat artist assigned to the Marine Corps. Of his military experience, Terpning stated he was "profoundly changed". Upon his return home, he created six paintings which are now at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The condition of this giclee canvas is good with no obvious signs of damage and shows good overall condition. The measurements of this giclee canvas are 21 7/8" x 22 7/8".*