Winold Reiss - collection of Native American portraits (lithographs)
Each measures 9 x 12. A labor of love for this terrific artist. The eye is curious, sympathetic, objective and admiring. In our time, this evidence of fellow feeling with the indigenous peoples of this country from an immigrant is very moving.
F. Winold Reiss (September 16, 1886 – August 23, 1953) was a German-born American artist and graphic designer. He was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, the second son of Fritz Reiss (1857–1914) who was a well-known landscape artist. Reiss was a portraitist and his philosophy was that an artist must travel to find the most interesting subjects.
Reiss immigrated to America in 1913 and was captivated by Native Americans. It was an interest and subject matter throughout his entire career. He was a success very early, lecturing before the Art Students League and even founding a publication, Modern Art Collector. He made over 250 paintings of Native Americans, especially the Blackfeet, publishing portfolios of his subjects.