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Painter, b. 1907 - d. 1959

Acee Blue Eagle (17 August 1907 – 18 June 1959) was a Native American artist, educator, dancer, and Native American flute player, who directed the art program at Bacone College. His birth name was Alexander C. McIntosh, he also went by Chebon Ahbulah (Laughing Boy), and Lumhee Holot-Tee (Blue Eagle), and was an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Alexander C. McIntosh was born north of Anadarko, Oklahoma on August 17, 1907; however, his birth year is also given as 1909. His father was Solomon McIntosh, and his mother was Martha "Mattie" McIntosh. His Muscogee Creek great-grandfather served as a chief for 31 years.

Blue Eagle studied Haskell Institute, Lawrence, Kansas, and then Chilocco Indian Agricultural School, where he earned his high school diploma in 1928.He began college at Bacone College in Muskogee and then completed his BFA degree at University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman in 1932. While at OU, Blue Eagle studied painting under Oscar B. Jacobson, known for popularizing “Flatstyle” painting.

Blue Eagle served for three years in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

Art career: His work was part of the painting event in the art competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics.

In 1935, Blue Eagle was invited to give a series of lectures on American Indian art at Oxford University in England. By 1938, his work had become nationally recognized, and he had a solo exhibition at the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York City.

From 1936 to 1937, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman exhibited the solo show, Acee Blue Eagle, Bacone, water-colors. In the 1940s, he created a number of works for his friend, the collector Thomas Gilcrease. Blue Eagle gained worldwide fame during his lifetime, and his two-dimensional paintings hang in private and public galleries all over the world.

Blue Eagle was well known for painting large interior murals, some of which are still preserved in Oklahoma. In 1934, he painting murals for the Federal Art Project in 1934. One of Acee's murals was in the dining hall of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37). The Public Works of Art Project commissioned him to paint two murals for classrooms in the health and physical education building of Oklahoma College for Women, now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He completed PWAP murals at other Oklahoma colleges, including one in the auditorium of Central State College (now University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond) and on in the administration building of Northeastern State Teachers' College (now Northeastern State University in Tahlequah).

Another of his WPA mural, Seminole Indian Scene (1939), large interior oil on canvas, is still on display at the U.S. post office in Seminole, Oklahoma. For the U.S. Post Office in Coalgate, Oklahoma, Blue Eagle painted the acrylic Women Making Pishafa, or Indian Family at Routine Tasks[citation needed] in 1942, which was commissioned by the Section of Painting and Sculpture. Fred Beaver, a Muscogee Creek/Seminole artist, restored Blue Eagle's Coalgate mural in 1965.

Personal: Blue Eagle's cousin was painter Solomon McCombs (Muscogee/Seminole). Another cousin, Howard Rufus Collins, painted under the name Ducee Blue Buzzard, as a parody of Acee's name.

Death and legacy: Acee Blue Eagle died on June 18, 1959, and is buried in the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Tamara Liegerot Elder published a biography of the artist: Lumhee Holot-tee: The Art and Life of Acee Blue Eagle, in 2006 through Medicine Wheel Press.

At Haskell Indian Nations University, a business administration building is named Blue Eagle Hall in his honor.

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      • Acee Blue Eagle, Pair of Works on Foil Paper
        Aug. 15, 2023

        Acee Blue Eagle, Pair of Works on Foil Paper

        Est: $400 - $800

        Acee Blue Eagle (Muscogee, 1907 - 1959) Pair of Works on Paper mixed media on foil paper each signed lower right: © Blue Eagle

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee, 1907-1959) untitled, fancy dancer
        Apr. 21, 2023

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee, 1907-1959) untitled, fancy dancer

        Est: $600 - $800

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee, 1907-1959) untitled, fancy dancer gouache on paper signed lower left (sight) 11 x 8 inches; (framed) 21 x 17 inches This lot is located in Cincinnati.

        Hindman
      • Acee Blue Eagle (Creek, 1907-1959) Feather Dancer and Ceremonial Prayer for a Bountiful Year
        Sep. 09, 2022

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek, 1907-1959) Feather Dancer and Ceremonial Prayer for a Bountiful Year

        Est: $500 - $700

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek, 1907-1959) Feather Dancer and Ceremonial Prayer for a Bountiful Year gouache on copper signed Blue Eagle (lower right) each (sight) 4 x 5 inches; (framed) 7-1/2 x 8-34 inches and 10 x 11 inches Property from a Private Collection, Tulsa, Oklahoma

        Hindman
      • Acee Blue Eagle (Creek, 1907-1959) untitled, feeding time
        Sep. 09, 2022

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek, 1907-1959) untitled, feeding time

        Est: $600 - $800

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek, 1907-1959) untitled, feeding time pen and ink on paper signed Blue Eagle lower right (sight) 15 x 9 inches; (framed) 22-1/2 x 16-1/2 inches Property from a Private Collection, Tulsa, Oklahoma

        Hindman
      • Acee Blue Eagle (Creek, 1907-1959) untitled, warrior
        Sep. 09, 2022

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek, 1907-1959) untitled, warrior

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek, 1907-1959) untitled, warrior pen and ink on paper signed Blue Eagle lower right (sight) 13-3/4 x 10-3/4 inches; (framed) 24-1/2 x 21 inches Property from a Private Collection, Tulsa, Oklahoma

        Hindman
      • Acee Blue Eagle, Antelope
        Aug. 13, 2022

        Acee Blue Eagle, Antelope

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Acee Blue Eagle (Muscogee, 1907 - 1959) Antelope gouache on paper signed lower left: Blue Eagle - verso inscription from original mounting affixed to verso: Antelope

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • ACEE BLUE EAGLE (AMERICAN, 1909-1959)
        Feb. 10, 2022

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE (AMERICAN, 1909-1959)

        Est: $500 - $1,000

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE (AMERICAN, 1909-1959) Gouache, signed "Blue Eagle" lower left. Showing a stag and a doe in a natural setting with plants all around. Sight: 15.75" height, 12.2" width; frame: 21" height, 17" width

        Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
      • Acee Blue Eagle, Red Deer
        Feb. 05, 2022

        Acee Blue Eagle, Red Deer

        Est: $600 - $800

        Acee Blue Eagle (Muscogee, 1907 - 1959) Red Deer gouache on paper signed lower left: Blue Eagle - verso inscription from original mounting affixed to verso: Red Deer

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • Acee Blue Eagle, Antelope
        Feb. 05, 2022

        Acee Blue Eagle, Antelope

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Acee Blue Eagle (Muscogee, 1907 - 1959) Antelope gouache on paper signed lower left: Blue Eagle - verso inscription from original mounting affixed to verso: Antelope

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • Acee Blue Eagle, Native American Dancer Painting
        Nov. 20, 2021

        Acee Blue Eagle, Native American Dancer Painting

        Est: $500 - $1,000

        Acee Blue Eagle (1907-1959), painting of a Native American dancer, artist signed "Blue Eagle" bottom right, view 14 1/2" x 12", frame 1 1/4" x 17 1/4". Provenance: Melrose, Massachusetts.

        Kaminski Auctions
      • Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee, 1909-1959) Lot is located and will ship from Denver, Colorado.untitled, 1938
        Oct. 09, 2020

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee, 1909-1959) Lot is located and will ship from Denver, Colorado.untitled, 1938

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee, 1909-1959) Lot is located and will ship from Denver, Colorado.untitled, 1938 gouache on paper signed and dated (lower left) 17 x 25 inches

        Hindman
      • (2) ACEE BLUE EAGLE NATIVE AMERICAN SERIGRAPHS
        Jul. 25, 2020

        (2) ACEE BLUE EAGLE NATIVE AMERICAN SERIGRAPHS

        Est: $80 - $150

        (lot of 2) Framed Native American serigraph (silkscreen) on paper, Blue Eagle (Acee Blue Eagle, Muscogee, 1909-1959), including: (1) Yei Figure, (1) Thunderbird, sight: approx 5.25"h, 4.25"w, overall: approx 10.75"h, 9"w; 1.5lbs total Start Price: $50.00

        Austin Auction Gallery
      • "The War Dance" by Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee Artist : 1907-1959)
        Sep. 08, 2018

        "The War Dance" by Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee Artist : 1907-1959)

        Est: $50 - $150

        Limited series, framed print. 19-5/8 x 16-5/8. Frame scuffing

        Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
      • "The Shield Dance" by Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee Artist : 1907-1959)
        Sep. 08, 2018

        "The Shield Dance" by Acee Blue Eagle (Creek-Pawnee Artist : 1907-1959)

        Est: $50 - $150

        Limited series, framed print. 19-5/8 x 16-5/8. Frame scuffing

        Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
      • Painting by Acee Blue Eagle (1909-1959)
        Jul. 28, 2018

        Painting by Acee Blue Eagle (1909-1959)

        Est: $600 - $1,000

        Exposed area measures approx. 14 1/2"h x 25 1/2"w. It depicts Native American life and is signed "Blue Eagle" lower right. Acee Blue Eagle is a listed Native American artist.

        Keystone Auctions LLC
      • Painting by Acee Blue Eagle (1909-1959)
        Jul. 28, 2018

        Painting by Acee Blue Eagle (1909-1959)

        Est: $600 - $1,000

        Exposed area measures approx. 14 1/2"h x 25 1/2"w. It depicts Native American life and is pencil signed lower left "Blue Eagle". Acee Blue Eagle is a listed Native American artist.

        Keystone Auctions LLC
      • ACEE BLUE EAGLE (NATIVE AMERICAN, 1907–1959) HORSE AND RIDER WITH COLT Watercolor on paper: 12 3/4 x 24 in. (sight)
        Dec. 05, 2017

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE (NATIVE AMERICAN, 1907–1959) HORSE AND RIDER WITH COLT Watercolor on paper: 12 3/4 x 24 in. (sight)

        Est: $1,100 - $1,600

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE (NATIVE AMERICAN, 1907–1959) HORSE AND RIDER WITH COLT Watercolor on paper: 12 3/4 x 24 in. (sight) Framed; lower right signed and dated: Blue Eagle-'39

        Potomack Company
      • Acee Blue Eagle Gouache THUNDERBIRD Indian
        Oct. 08, 2016

        Acee Blue Eagle Gouache THUNDERBIRD Indian

        Est: $200 - $400

        Gouache by Acee Blue Eagle (American, 1909-1959) titled "Thunderbird," 7-1/2" x 6" visible, information on back. Signed lower right.

        Blackwell Auctions LLC
      • ACEE BLUE EAGLE (American, 1909-1959) The Stag Hunt Tem
        Nov. 10, 2012

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE (American, 1909-1959) The Stag Hunt Tem

        Est: $50 - $100

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE (American, 1909-1959) The Stag Hunt Tempera and gouache on paper 9 x 17-1/2 inches (22.9 x 44.5 cm) Signed lower left: Blue Eagle THE HOGAN FAMILY COLLECTION

        Heritage Auctions
      • ACEE BLUE EAGLE (American, 1909-1959) Talk with Smoke T
        Nov. 10, 2012

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE (American, 1909-1959) Talk with Smoke T

        Est: $50 - $100

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE (American, 1909-1959) Talk with Smoke Tempera on paper 14 x 23 inches (35.6 x 58.4 cm) Signed lower left: Blue Eagle THE HOGAN FAMILY COLLECTION

        Heritage Auctions
      • Acee Blue Eagle (1909-1959) Indian Hunting a Doe. Signed "Blue Eagle" l.r. Watercolor and gouache on textured paper, sight size 12 1...
        Sep. 14, 2012

        Acee Blue Eagle (1909-1959) Indian Hunting a Doe. Signed "Blue Eagle" l.r. Watercolor and gouache on textured paper, sight size 12 1...

        Est: $400 - $600

        Acee Blue Eagle (1909-1959) Indian Hunting a Doe. Signed "Blue Eagle" l.r. Watercolor and gouache on textured paper, sight size 12 1/4 x 19 1/2 in., framed. Condition: Glue residue in u.l. quadrant, not examined out of frame.

        Skinner
      • ACEE BLUE EAGLE [1907-1959], SILKSCREEN ON BOARD,
        Jun. 11, 2011

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE [1907-1959], SILKSCREEN ON BOARD,

        Est: $75 - $125

        ACEE BLUE EAGLE [1907-1959], SILKSCREEN ON BOARD, 14" X 10", CEREMONIAL DANCER: Image depicts a man, dressed in elaborate ceremonial garb, in mid dance. "Blue Eagle" is at the lower left corner. Under glass, matted and framed. The verso has a Habitat Galleries label adhered to it.

        DuMouchelles
      • 298: ACEE BLUE EAGLE THUNDERBIRD GOUACHE PAINTING
        Jul. 26, 2009

        298: ACEE BLUE EAGLE THUNDERBIRD GOUACHE PAINTING

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        BLUE EAGLE, Acee, (American, 1909-1959): "Thunderbird", Gouache, sight size 7 1/2" x 6", exhibition information verso with title tribe and address, signed in the lower right, unframed with custom mat and exhibition number in the lower right, 10 3/4" x 9 1/4".

        Burchard Galleries Inc
      • Acee Blue Eagle (1909-1959) Original Painting
        Mar. 10, 2007

        Acee Blue Eagle (1909-1959) Original Painting

        Est: $200 - $400

        Rare, signed original gouache work of a skunk eating a watermelon, by this Oklahoma Creek/Pawnee artist. 10" x 9" (18" x 14" matted)

        Allard Auctions
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