(0992) “Kesinamis Is Dead. My Mother is Dead!”

“Kesinamis Is Dead. My Mother is Dead!”
FES Title:
[no title entered in day books]
Alternate Titles: Man From the North [2001]; The life went out of the boy’s face and he stood as rigid as a totem. Kesinamis is dead…[2004];
Date: 12/16/1920
Size: 28″H x 36″W
Medium: oil-cotton-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: Erskine, Laurie York. “The Man from the North.” The American Boy, March 1921: 7.
caption: “The Life Went Out of the Boy’s Face and He Stood as Rigid as a Totem. ‘Kesinamis is Dead. Kesinamis, My Mother. Kesinamis, the White Otter Woman She is Dead! She Has Gone to the Spirit Place. Kesinamis, My Mother!'”
Inscription: lr: F.E. Schoonover / ’20
Exhibitions: 2001 FES; 2004 Biggs
Comments: non-trany 4×5; trany project early; Form 2/1/03; index edit
Commentary: The artist’s son, Cortlandt, aged 4 at the time, modeled for two hours for the boy in this illustration. (day books)
Provenance: Judy Goffman Gallery, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania; Sotheby’s, New York (June 24, 1988); Somerville Manning Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware [1989]; private collection
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