Fred R. Kline Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
George Biddle, 1885-1973
Shot by Bandits, ( 1928-1929, Mexico )
Oil on canvas
25.0 x 30.0 in. / 63.5 x 76.20 cm.
Signed & dated, lower left: Biddle, 1929
Indian Woman Mourning For Her Dying Soldier
Shot By The Tehuantepec Bandits April 1928
Collection of George Biddle & his estate
Michael Biddle ( his son )
D. Wigmore Gallery, New York City
Fred R. Kline Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Private Collection and Estate, Santa Fe
By descent in the family
Fred R. Kline Gallery
Private Collection, Texas
James Oles. South of the Border, Mexico in the American Imagination 1914-47. Exhibition catalogue; Illustrated p. 108. Smithsonian Press, 1993.
Frances K. Pohl. Framing America: A Social History of American Art. Illustrated p. 339. Thames & Hudson, 2002.
1993-94: "South of the Border, Mexico in the American Imagination, 1914-47". Venues: Yale, Phoenix, New Orleans, Monterrey, Mex.
1997-98: "George Biddle: Seven Paintings from Mexico 1928-29", Fred R. Kline Gallery, Santa Fe
Shot by Bandits, one of Biddle's acclaimed masterpieces, is from an important series of paintings made from the artist's travels in Mexico with Diego Rivera, 1928-29.
This experience in Mexico, which included study of the Mexican muralists, became the catalyst for Biddle’s famous 1933 letter to his friend President Franklin D. Roosevelt which proposed federally-funded mural and easel painting programs in the United States.
Biddle's ideas, acknowledged publically by Roosevelt, ultimately led to the formation of WPA arts programs during the Depression-era.
Sold to a distinguished private collection