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Historic First Nations Art, Heritage Seneca Iroquois Artist, Indigenous Art Lithograph by Ernest Smith "Making SunFlower Oil" 1938

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Ernest Smith (1907-1975), an established and highly recognized Tonawanda Seneca, Iroquois artist. He produced 240 watercolor and oil paintings, each one capturing a moment of daily life or illustrating Native American mythology.

Smith's work is wonderful, and clearly some are more simplistic with the image centrally located in the painting, and the background is simply left in the color of the original board.

Other paintings (his "Sky Woman", for example) are the opposite: the paint covers every inch, the images have depth, light, shadow, and movement. Smith's paintings are filled with symbolism and knowing what the symbols represent makes his work even that much more beautiful and complex.

The original of this watercolor was done in 1938 and after his death the Rochester Museum and Science Center began to reproduce his works as an important cultural legacy.

Notes from this watercolor say: 'Sunflower seed oil served to flavor soups and food, and was used as a hair oil, or consumed as medicine. Pouring boiling water over the wasted, ground and sifted seeds yielded a coffee-like drink."

His artworks retell the origin stories, the history and social life in a marvelous series of paintings that have preserved the simplicity and feel of his people. His work shows us how challenging life was for the subjects in his paintings.

Relatively unknown his work survives at both RMSC and the NYS Museum as well as a small collection at the Iroquois Museum and the Smithsonian.

Vintage frame is really scuffed but the lithograph is in good condition.


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Frame: 15 1/2" x 18 1/2"
Image: 7" x 9 1/2"
Ernest Smith (1907-1975), an established and highly recognized Tonawanda Seneca, Iroquois artist. He produced 240 watercolor and oil paintings, each one capturing a moment of daily life or illustrating Native American mythology.

Smith's work is wonderful, and clearly some are more simplistic with the image centrally located in the painting, and the background is simply left in the color of the original board.

Other paintings (his "Sky Woman", for example) are the opposite: the paint covers every inch, the images have depth, light, shadow, and movement. Smith's paintings are filled with symbolism and knowing what the symbols represent makes his work even that much more beautiful and complex.

The original of this watercolor was done in 1938 and after his death the Rochester Museum and Science Center began to reproduce his works as an important cultural legacy.

Notes from this watercolor say: 'Sunflower seed oil served to flavor soups and food, and was used as a hair oil, or consumed as medicine. Pouring boiling water over the wasted, ground and sifted seeds yielded a coffee-like drink."

His artworks retell the origin stories, the history and social life in a marvelous series of paintings that have preserved the simplicity and feel of his people. His work shows us how challenging life was for the subjects in his paintings.

Relatively unknown his work survives at both RMSC and the NYS Museum as well as a small collection at the Iroquois Museum and the Smithsonian.

Vintage frame is really scuffed but the lithograph is in good condition.


Free Shipping to Canada and Continental United States.

Frame: 15 1/2" x 18 1/2"
Image: 7" x 9 1/2"

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Normally, orders will be packed and mailed within 2 business days of receiving payment. Shipping will be to the address provided by the buyer unless otherwise specified through Etsy's 'convo' system. Please check to be sure shipping addresses are updated to ensure that packages are delivered to the right place. Parcel tracking numbers and estimated arrival dates are provided to customers as soon as items are shipped.

I typically use Canada Post First Class Mail.

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If you are interested in shipping upgrades - including expedited shipping methods like, FedEx Express and FedEx 2Day - please convo me before purchase so the shipping cost can be adjusted accordingly.

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I am happy to provide a shipping quote for international buyers, as well as to those who live in Alaska and Hawaii. Please contact me with your location before ordering so I can determine shipping costs. Any listing/s you are interested in will be promptly updated with the applicable shipping destination and related costs.

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If you are buying multiple items, please convo me and I will combine shipping when possible if payment is made for all items in one transaction and all items are sent to the same address.

Historic First Nations Art, Heritage Seneca Iroquois Artist, Indigenous Art Lithograph by Ernest Smith "Making SunFlower Oil" 1938

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