Terpning re-imagines the daily life of the Indians, with sharp drawing and bright colors. Between them or in confrontation with the cavalry, they are generally not engaged in violent actions. He is thus a successor to the Taos school. E.I. Couse, who died in 1936, showed occupations. Terpning tells the emotions.
In July 2013 The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction sold for $ 1.7M including premium one of these picturesque scenes, peaceful and out of date, Telling of Legends, oil on canvas 80 x 130 cm painted in 1989.
On February 8 in Los Angeles, Bonhams sells three paintings, commented at the time of their creation by the artist for his client.
Lot 31, oil on canvas 80 x 130 cm painted in 1982, is estimated $ 600K. Titled Coffee coolers meet the Hostiles, it shows a confrontation of two groups on horseback. The Coffee coolers accept to be integrated into the civilization of the Whites. They seek to convince the other group and bring a pipe of peace.
Subtle differences in clothing and weapons show that this scene is a clash of civilizations. Sitting Bull had told the Coffee coolers : “You are fools to make yourself slaves to a piece of fat bacon, some hardtack, and a little coffee and sugar.”
Blackfeet spectators, oil on canvas 80 x 140 cm painted in 1984, shows three elderly men sitting, watching with great attention an unidentified show. It is estimated $ 500K, lot 41.
One Man's castle, oil on panel 53 x 70 cm painted in 1980, is a humorous scene showing a woman sitting in the shadows while her man is sleeping. It is estimated $ 150K, lot 85.
Lot 31 SOLD for $ 1.4M including premium
Lot 41 SOLD for $ 800K including premium
Lot 85 UNSOLD