by Tonita Pena, San Ildefonso
Original painting measures 6.6x7.5 and framed
Watercolor on paper "Basket Dancers"
Your price $1,600 ~ Item #NA259
Pena was a very important artist in the
early pueblo art movement (in fact, her life's work was documented in
the book: Tonita Pena, by Samuel L. Gray). A Tewa woman of San Ildefonso
descent, she was raised at Cochiti pueblo. Her works carefully and accurately
depict pueblo customs and culture. She was instrumental in defining
the "traditional style" of modern Indian painting - with the
discrete use of color and fine line-work. Her son, Joe Herrera was also
an accomplished pueblo painter. Her works are included in numerous museum
collections, including the American Museum of Natural History (New York,
NY) and the Southwest Museum (Los Angeles, CA).