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"The Charge of Crazy Horse on Fort Laramie" by Z. S. Liang

"Charging the Enemy" by Z. S. Liang

"The Charge of Crazy Horse on Fort Laramie" by Z. S. Liang
The Charge of Crazy Horse on Fort Laramie, 1864
by Z.S. Liang

“No hostile Indians within two to three days ride,” reported the Army patrol as it returned to Fort Laramie. Just as the troopers’ mounts were unsaddled and allowed to graze the spacious parade ground, a daring party of Oglala warriors, led by none other than Crazy Horse, burst across the field. Unnerved and dismounted soldiers scrambled in all directions. Before they could recover, the raiding party and their prizes were on the far bank of the North Platte River. Despite a 48-hour pursuit, none of the captured horses were recovered.

Crazy Horse would always enter battle as he was shown by a thunder-being (wakiyan) during a vision quest. He would wear no war bonnet. A yellow lightning bolt was painted on his face and white powder, resembling hailstones, protected the vulnerable parts of his body. This great warrior did not fall in battle while protected by his strong medicine. Like many other great tribal leaders, he died under suspicious circumstances after surrendering to General George Crook at the Red Cloud Tribal Agency in Nebraska. 

ZS Liang’s The Charge of Crazy Horse on Fort Laramie, 1864 was a feature painting at the 2013 Coeur D’Alene Auction, where the 40”x 60” canvas sold for over $180,000.00. The original may no longer be available, but you can own one the ten exclusive 45” x 30” MasterWork Giclee Canvases of this significant work or one of the twenty-five 29” x 19” Fine Art Edition Giclee Canvases.

Crazy Horse was able to sneak-up on and evade an entire military command, don’t let your own edition of this beautiful edition ride off  as easily.

"The Charge of Crazy Horse on Fort Laramie" by Z. S. Liang

Sizing & Pricing

Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 25 s/n.
29"w x 19"h. $625

Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 10 s/n.
45"w x 30"h (unstretched). $1950



About Z.S. Liang

Z.S. Liang was born in China and raised in a family of artists. He studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou. Liang furthered his art study in the United States in 1982.He earned his BFA in painting at Massachusetts College of Arts in 1986 and his MFA in Painting at Boston University in 1989. 

Liang received his great inspiration in this country while studying and painting the Wampanoag Indian culture at the outdoor Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This newfound interest fired his imagination, and he began to focus his painting primarily on Native American Indian cultures and their traditional ways of life. During the ensuring years of field research, he has made many connections and friends among Native tribes from the East coast to the Rocky Mountains. Liang’s obvious passion for the Indians as a people, coupled with his emphasis on historical accuracy, adds strength and truth to his portrayals. 

Among the many awards Liang has received are: the David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice Award, Master of the American West, 2009; the President’s Award for Excellence, Oil Painters of America, 2005; Best of Show Award and People’s Choice Award, the American Society of Portrait Artists, 1998; the Arthur Ross Award for Painting, Classical America, New York, 1992; and the Lila Acheson Award for Painting, the Society of American Illustrators, 1986. Liang’s works are in the permanent collections of Autry National Center, West Point Museum of United States Military Academy and Harvard University.

Liang has been invited to participate the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale in Autry National Center every year since 2005. His works have been featured in Art of the West, South West Art, Western Art Collectors, Artists and International Artists Magazines. He is represented by Trailside Galleries in Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Liang and his family reside in Southern California.


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