This painting shows a proud and noble looking Native American sitting with a red cape and decorative boots. Eanger Irving Couse (1866-1936) was an American artist, noted for paintings of Native Americans, New Mexico, and the American Southwest. Couse was born in Saginaw, Michigan, where he first started drawing the Chippewa Indians who lived nearby. Couse attended the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Academy of Design, New York. He left for Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian under Bouguereau. He lived in France 10 years, where he painted charming scenes of the Normandy coast. After his return to America, he devoted himself to depicting the life and habits of the Taos Indians, a Pueblo tribe in New Mexico and was active in the Taos art colony. In 1915, he became one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists in Taos, New Mexico.