Woody Crumbo prints

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2015-06-26 10:35:53

Woody Crumbo prints are desirable prints of artworks by the Native American artist Woody Crumbo (1912 – 1989). He is famed for his depictions of Native Americans and nature.

Summing up his work, he said: "Half of my life passed in striving to complete the pictorial record of Indian history, religion, rituals, customs, way of life, and philosophies … a graphic record that a million words could not begin to tell."

Background

Crumbo, a member of the Potawatomi tribe of Oklahoma, was orphaned at the age of six and spent the remainder of his childhood living with a number of other Native American families.

He studied art at the Chilocco Indian Agricultural School from the age of 17 and began exhibiting and selling his pieces in the 1930s.

He was a great advocate of Native American art throughout this lifetime and was director of the El Paso, Texas Museum of Art in 1968.

How much are Woody Crumbo prints worth?

Desirable, good condition Woody Crumbo prints can change hands for close to $400 at auction. It is, however, possible to pick up Crumbo prints for as little as $25.

Notable sales of Woody Crumbo prints

War Dancer, a silkscreen print, sold for $375 at a Colonial Art Gallery sale in June 2007.

Black Owl Cheyenne, a signed Woody Crumbo print from 1968, achieved $175 when sold by the Desert West Auction Service in May 2007.

A mid 1900s print of a blue fawn and a child in a cradle sold for $190 at an Allard Auctions sale in November 2004.

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