Fritz White (1930-2010) Prisoner of the Willow 30in high (Modeled in 1984.)

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Lot 364
Fritz White
(1930-2010)
Prisoner of the Willow 30in high
US$ 12,000 - 16,000
£ 9,200 - 12,000

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15 Feb 2019 ended at 12:00 PST

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Lot Details
Fritz White (1930-2010)
Prisoner of the Willow
inscribed '© Fritz White CA / 2/15' (on the base)
bronze with dark brown patina
30in high
Modeled in 1984.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The artist.
    Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1985.

    Literature
    S.H. McGarry, Honoring The Western Tradition: The L.D. "Brink" Brinkman Collection, Kerrville, Texas, 2003, pp. 170, 297, illustrated.

    In a description of the present work, the artist recorded in a letter to L.D. Brinkman:

    "When the indians took prisoners they tried to drive them half nuts before they killed them. Binding them so that a long stick passed between their arms and back was a favorite way of doing this.

    Usually the stick was a stont [sic] willow, the willow would bend but would not break so the prisoner always had it with him. The stick was long enough that if the prisoner tried to escape the ends of the stick would catch in the brush and bushes and thereby slow the escapee down.

    Another reason for using the willow was that because of its suppleness its constant pressure against the prisoner's back reminded him that things were pretty grim and his captors had complete control."1

    1 Fritz White, unpublished letter, n.d.
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