This painting by Jerome Tiger represents the historic Trail of Tears journey, aptly named because of the thousands of Indian lives that were lost due to the negligence of the United States Government, illness, and the severe winter weather. These marches, begun after 1830, forced the already undernourished and inadequately clothed Indians to move westward from their homelands in the eastern United States to Oklahoma in order to make room for white expansion. These harsh conditions resulted in much suffering and many deaths. When there was a death, the weary marchers had to carry the dead with them until the nightly rest and there was time for burial. For the frail, the young, and the old, it was indeed a cold journey — one that remains an indelible blight on the history of America.
The Trail of Tears finds a response in all who have known the sadness of displacement. Jerome Tiger’s paintings convey with dignity and restraint a subject easily made maudlin. His treatment makes the depth of intense sadness of the trail comprehensible. Jerome Tiger painted a series of pictures depicting the Trail of Tears. This is the one selected for the signed limited edition lithograph.
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The matting on this picture is an acid free matte(s) for long term protection and to enhance the picture. Acid free mattes provide 75-100 years of protection against matte burn and brown marks which can decrease the value of a painting. The matting colors were selected to draw the eye into the picture complementing the artist’s selected brush work or towards a particular key element of the piece.
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Maintained in the same family since purchased from the artist’s widow in Oklahoma. This particular signed limited edition lithograph is the only one selected by the Tiger family to portray the horrors of The Long Walk, according to information from the Tiger Gallery. Jerome Tiger painted a series of pictures depicting this topic and later other versions were offered in a limited series.