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 William Standing  (1904 - 1951)

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Lived/Active: Montana      Known for: horse, landscape, Indian, genre

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BIOGRAPHY for William Standing
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1904 (Oswego, Montana)
 
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1951 (Oswego, Montana)

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Montana

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
William Standing was born July 27, 1904 in Oswego, Montana.  He was a Native American, member of the Assiniboine Tribe.  Educated at the Wolf Point Mission School and, from 1920-24, at the Haskell Indian School in Lawrence where he received his formal art instruction. Standing was one of the five Kiowa Indians who became special students at the Univ. of Oklahoma under the guidance of Oscar Jacobson during the 1920s.  After attending Haskell Institute, he worked as an interior decorator in Kansas.  Standing is best known for his humorous sketches published as postcards, and he was also adept in oil, watercolor, and clay. During the 1930s, in collaboration with James Long, he produced a book, The Land of the Nakoda.  This volume, an in-depth sketch study of the Assiniboine tribe, is the focal point of the
greatest body of Standing's works. He died on June 27, 1951 in Oswego, Montana.

Exhibitions: Arts Club of Washington, DC, 1931.
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SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
AskART, www.askart.com, accessed Oct. 25, 2007; http://www.meadowlarkgallery.com/StandingWilliam.htm, accessed Oct. 25, 2007.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Flathead Gallery:
The following is from Donald James Baughman, a Full Member of the Antique Tribal Art Dealer Association, writer for discovery.com Appraiser Corner, and owner of the Flathead Gallery:

Standing is best known for his humorous sketches published as postcards, and he was also adept in oil, watercolor, and clay. During the 1930's WPA period in collaboration with James Long he produced a book, THE LAND OF THE NAKODA. This volume, an in-depth sketch study of the Assiniboine tribe, is the focal point of the greatest body of Standing's works.

Mostly done from first hand accounts from tribal elders, these sketches provide a link to traditional coup accounts to modern Native American Art. Standing's early education at the Wolf Point Mission School was continued at Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas where he receive formal art instruction.

Subjects painted by Standing include a sitting portrait of Vice President (1929-1933) Charles Curtis, who took an interest in Standing's works and arranged for his paintings to be exhibited in Washington D.C., New York, and Paris.

Standing's career can possibly be summed up by an examination of his most common subject, the log cabin with a sod roof. These paintings show a progression from family members living inside and outside the cabin; then with the first family car parked next to it, then the abandoned cabin with horses running in and out, and lastly as a pile of collapsed timbers on the high northern plains

William Standing, a Nakoda Native American, grew up in at Oswego Montana. He died June 27th 1951 at the age of 46 while driving a 49 Chevrolet. At the scene of the accident, on highway 19 southwest of Malta Montana near the town of Landuskusky, Montana, state troopers reported found 300 feet skid marks.


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