The Chronicles of Native Life: Seth Eastman Watercolors

The MacMillan Gift of Seth Eastman Watercolors

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Apr 9 2016 - Jan 8 2017

In a serendipitous merging of events, the Army put a talented artist-soldier named Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling in the 1830s and 1840s, when Native life was still intact around the Upper Mississippi. Captain Eastman spent his long assignment transfixed by Native ways, and he produced the most frank and intimate—if slightly romantic—record of Native people in pre-territorial Minnesota. Mia is extraordinarily fortunate that the W. Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Foundation has given Mia 35 of Eastman’s historic watercolors and drawings, most based on his Minnesota sketches.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • Works on Paper
  • American
  • 19th Century
  • Indigenous
  • Seth Eastman

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