Red Lake Fishermen



Patrick DesJarlait
Born in Red Lake, MN


Red Lake Fishermen




Patrick DesJarlait's drawing of two Native American fishermen depicts a popular seasonal activity practiced by the Ojibwe people. The fishermen, placed in the center of the watercolor, are the main focus of the work. They are geometrically configured, both wearing fedoras, button down shirts, working gloves, aprons, and rubber boots. Behind the figures and their boat are wavy blue shapes representing water. In the forefront, the man on the left has caught several fish in his nets while his companion on the right steers the boat with a paddle in his right hand. Behind this man in the blue shirt is a white flag.


Watercolor on paper


14 x 18 inches

Credit Line

Purchase, Katharine G. Ordway Fund

Object ID



According to Patrick DesJarlait the painting was completed in 1946. However, he signed and dated the painting in 1961 upon entering the work in an exhibition in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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Spooner, Peter. "Patrick DesJarlait." In Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art, edited by Kristin Makholm, 36-37. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Museum of American Art, 2011.

Williams, Neva. Patrick DesJarlait: The Story of an Indian Artist, 28 and 53-54. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications, 1975.

Rights Statement

In Copyright