Appeal to the Great Spirit, 1913 | bronze, #81 | 21.25 x 21.75 x 14.5 inches | $85,000
Appeal to the Great Spirit is one of the most iconic sculptures of the American West and is Dallin's most important and most recognized work. This exceptional bronze is casting No. 81 of 107 total cast during the artist's lifetime by the Gorham Co. Founders.
Cyrus Edwin Dallin (American, 1861 - 1944 deceased)
Born in Utah, Cyrus Dallin grew up near Ute and Paiute Indians,
which instilled in him a lifelong admiration for them evident in
his sculpture. He showed so much talent in his modelling of
different wildlife, that he was sponsored by Utah patrons to study
with famed instructor Truman Bartlett in Boston. Later Dallin
studied in Paris at the famed Academie Julian.
Dallin's sculptures came to be known for their technical
accuracy along with a deep seated admiration and sympathy for his
subjects. He became famous when he received the commission for the
Paul Revere sculpture. Later in his career, he further
bolstered his reputation with the equestrian series bronzes of
which Appeal to the Great Spirit is the fourth one in the series.
Dallin did monumental as well as smaller versions of his
works, which became highly sought after by collectors. He is
considered to be one of the most important realist sculptors in
American history. Dallin's work is in the collection of some
of the most prestigious museums in the United States which include:
the White House permanent collection, the Gilcrease Museum, the
Buffalo Bill Center, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Eiteljorg
Museum, and the Rockwell Museum among many others.