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Dog Dancer

Arts of the Americas

In the first quarter of the twentieth century, a tradition of watercolor easel painting emerged among Pueblo artists in the Southwest. Awa Tsireh from San Ildefonso Pueblo was known for his stylized and abstracted compositions that depict Pueblo dances. These works appealed to the growing local and international markets, accommodating Anglo patrons’ perception of “authentic” Native art. At the same time, however, artists such as Tsireh created their own cultural representations.
MEDIUM Black ink and watercolor over graphite on wove paper
DATES 1930s
DIMENSIONS 11 1/8 x 14 1/8 in. (28.3 x 35.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Watercolor painting of a Pueblo dancer about to climb a ladder leaning against a kiva. Awa Tsireh is also called Alfonso Roybal.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal) (Po–who–ge–oweenge (San Ildefonso Pueblo), 1895–1955). Dog Dancer, 1930s. Black ink and watercolor over graphite on wove paper, 11 1/8 x 14 1/8 in. (28.3 x 35.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 40.89. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , CUR.40.89.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.40.89.jpg., 2019
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