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Sage and Sweetgrass

Born on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith uses her work to bridge the divide between Native American and European American cultures. Her use of pictographs and the collage-like format of her paintings formally reflect the symbolic imagery of artists such as Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, and Robert Rauschenberg. However, symbols such as the canoe in Sage and Sweetgrass are drawn from her own ancestors’ mythology or from the landscape of her childhood.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
American, born 1940
Sage and Sweetgrass
1989
Oil on canvas
64 x 78 in. (162.6 x 198.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Funds, 1993, 93.6

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