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Plunder of Many Horses
by Z.S. Liang

Once introduced, the horse quickly became central to Great Plains Indians’ life. They were a measure of wealth and, interestingly, an individual’s prestige was judged not so much by how many horses he could accumulate, but by the number of horses he could give away. Horses served as universal currency and horse stealing was part of the marking of time. (Crazy Horse, the Oglala Lakota, was born "in the fall of the year in which the band to which he belonged, the Oglala, stole One Hundred Horses.” Crow Dog, another Lakota subchief, was born at Horse Stealing Creek in what was then referred to as Montana Territory.) Horse stealing was a rite of passage. A boy on his first war party was given a juvenile nickname, but after he had stolen his first horse or killed an enemy, he was given a distinguished name.

“This small horse raiding party of Lakota has just successfully captured a bunch of good horses from their neighboring enemy, the Crow,” says Z.S. Liang.  When pressed for more, the artist demurs. “The viewer is meant to create their own story about what has happened,” says Liang, “Some of the best stories are those not told.”
 
Among the many awards Liang has received are the 2009 David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice Award at the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale and the 2005 President’s Award for Excellence, Oil Painters of America. He set a new, personal auction record at the 2009 Coeur d’Alene Art Auction for The Painted Robe.

MasterWork™
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 35 s/n.
48"w x 28"h (unstretched).
$1750

 



Red Rock Crossing, Northwest Montana, 1850
by Z.S. Liang

These Piegan Blackfeet Warriors are returning to their encampment. As they approach Red Rock Falls they stop to share a story of the Red Rock Crossing passed down from a revered tribal elder. This spectacular vista was protected from development by President Taft in 1910 and is now a jewel of Glacier National Park. The Blackfeet Reservation adjoins the Park and is home to over 8,000 Blackfeet Native Americans.

The majestic 54" x 38" original painting by Z.S. Liang sold at the 2009 Jackson Art Auction at a record price. Only a handful of collectors will hang this historic fine art edition in their home for a fraction of that price.

MasterWork™
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 35 s/n.
37"w x 26"h (unstretched).
$1250

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Paper:
limited to 50 s/n.
25 1/2"w x 18"h.
$325

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