Wild Chase

Object Number: 
2007.18.2
Date: 
1942
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Description: 
Steve Wheeler is considered the leading member of the group identified as the Indian Space Painters who achieved prominence in 1940s New York. Although based upon an internalization of Native American imagery, primarily from the Pacific Northwest (that he studied at both the American Museum of Natural History and the Brooklyn Museum), Wheeler’s work is intensely personal and based not only on visual sources, but also numerous literary references. Wheeler’s personal library amounted to over 3,000 volumes and it is this mixture of art, artifact and text in his work that makes it particularly well suited to the collections of the Historical Society. Wild Chase, a signigicant example of Wheeler's early 1940s style, – his most important decade – was included in [add Montclair Art Museum exh cite].
Gallery Label: 
Steve Wheeler is considered the leading member of the group identified as the Indian Space Painters who achieved prominence in 1940s New York. Although based upon an internalization of Native American imagery, primarily from the Pacific Northwest (that he studied at both the American Museum of Natural History and the Brooklyn Museum), Wheeler’s work is intensely personal and based not only on visual sources, but also numerous literary references. "Wild Chase" is a signigicant example of Wheeler's early 1940s style.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lila Luce and H. Christopher Luce in memory of Henry Luce III
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group