Painting by Tonita Pena, San Ildefonso
(1843-1949)

Original painting measures 6.6x7.5 and framed measures 11x12
Watercolor on paper "Basket Dancers"
Your price $1,600 ~ Item #NA259

 

Tonita 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).