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Bart Forbes
The Longhair

1977

$750

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This original watercolor illustration by Bart Forbes is a surreal triptych of a Native American man seen in profile, running, with the head of a horse and a bull behind his legs in the bottom panel. This beautifully rendered painting was featured as an interior illustration on page 92 in the 1977 Franklin Library publication of House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday. From its founding in 1973 until its closing in 2000 The Franklin Library produced public domain classic books as well as some limited first editions, releasing them in subscription series such as The First Edition Society. Often released in parallel series including leather bound and a non-leather bound (leatherette), the books were handsomely bound and included numerous original illustrations from contemporary artists. American painter and illustrator Bart Forbes (b. 1939) was specially commissioned to create a series of interior illustrations for The Franklin Library's 1977 publication of the novel House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday. The novel is widely credited as leading the way for the breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969 and has also been noted for its significance in Native American anthropology.

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