The following information was submitted in July of 2006 by Russo Antiques:
Andre Bouche born August 25, 1928, New York City, died December 26, 1989
Perhaps only an impressionable and sensitive child born and bred in a modern city could grow up with such an intense longing and love for the open Western plains and the people of America's past. Andre Bouche remembers that dreams of the Old West and the great Indian tribes had attracted him from earliest childhood. After studying at the Art Students' League, he traveled to Arizona, where he met Fred Kabotie, the famed Hopi Indian artist, and stayed on to develop his own style and deep respect for the Indians he portrayed.
Although great Indian leaders are Mr. Bouche's favorite subjects, he has been commissioned to do portraits of many well-known people, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and Bing Crosby.
Collector's Heirlooms chose Andre Bouche to create the series "Passing of the Plains Indians" because of the heroic beauty and inherent honesty of his Indian portraits. It is a tribute to a people and a way of life that are no more, with the American Indian portrayed authentically and with recognition of his nobility and proud sense of self. Mr. Bouche abandons the cliches that so many artists have used in portraying the American Indian and instead gives us an image of real men of intelligence, sensitivity, and feeling.