The Last Drop (from McGuire Scrapbook)
Emanuel Leutze German American
Not on view
Leutze is best known for his large-scale history paintings such as "Washington Crossing the Delaware". He was interested in American Indian subjects throughout his career, and in this sketch he imagines a lone figure drinking from a forest pond. The Indian’s pose recalls the Hellenistic sculpture known as the "Dying Gaul" (Museo Capitolino, Rome). This classical reference reinforces the impression of the contemplative Indian as a “noble savage,” a popular Romantic concept during the mid-nineteenth century.
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