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Edward Curtis
Native American War Chief -- Offering To The Sun: San Ildefonso

1980

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Silver and sepia tone photographic print of a War Chief "Offering to the Sun: San Ildefonso" by Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952), from image circa 1923 a 1980 photogravure from negatives derived from the original Edward Curtis, copper gravure plate, at the Smithsonian Museum by Jean-Antony du Lac (1929-2002). Curtis used a process he mastered of creating orotones, which are photographs on glass, which Jean-Anthony du Lac spent years mastering. Jean-Antony du Lac's work is considered that of a preservationist. Signed lower right. Image, 18.25"H x 13.50"W; Framed: 25.5"H x 19"W. prints produced by Jean-Antony du Lac from Edward Curtis copper gravures. Signed and dated Printed by Jean-Antony du Lac 1980. Photogravure: Simply put, photogravures are photographs etched into copper and printed traditionally with ink. Their rich velvety matte surface, deep shadows, delicate half tones, and luminous highlights make photogravures some of the most beautiful and tactile images ever printed. Their invention, critical to the development of photography itself, was derived from an extraordinary quest during the nineteenth century to harness the power to diffuse thought through the action of light. Two ceremonially significant days were the winter and summer solstices. The midwinter prayer to the sun is the opportunity for the War Chief to give a message to the people. The prayer of the War Chief extended beyond himself when he goes out and passes from place to place, offering meal and praying. Also, at this time he calls aloud at several places, arousing the sleepers: “My dear people of the pueblo, I wish you to get up. Let all be thankful that a new day comes. Let us pray for good health and good luck and long life. Let all pray to the east. For I am the war-chief and I am not able to pray for all of you alone. I must have help. Please come forth and help me, and ask for what we need for this new year. We must have good luck for our crops and our stock and our children. Let us all try to help one another, each one adding to his prayer.” From Volume 16 of The North American Indian by Edward Sheriff Curtis Born in France and raised in New York City, he moved west to San Francisco in 1957. Jean was an accomplished photographer whose published credits include Life Magazine and the San Francisco Examiner. He spent many years reproducing Edward S. Curtis' images of North American Indians; and he mastered the process of creating orotones, which are photographic reproductions on glass. Jean's orotones appeared on the walls of the Smithsonian as well as the White House during the Carter and Reagan administrations. A preservationist, his reproduction of Edward Muybridge's panorama of San Francisco still hangs in one prominent San Francisco hotel; and he was instrumental in organizing Proposition P in the early 1970s, which sought to preserve the old San Francisco skyline by limiting the height of all downtown skyscrapers. The majority of his life a mystery, Jean left behind no material possessions, save for a single key to a solitary padlock. Signed lower right.

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