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. Perhaps the best known of these painters is Awa Tsireh from San Ildefonso Pueblo, known for his stylized and abstracted compositions that depict Pueblo dances.
These works appealed to both a growing local and international market, accommodating Anglo patrons’ perception of “authentic” Native art. At the same time, however, artists such as Tsireh created their own cultural representations that incorporated innovations, moving away from realism to a more stylized approach.
Black ink and watercolor over graphite on wove paper
11 1/8 x 14 1/8 in. (28.3 x 35.8 cm) (show scale)
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Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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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)
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Watercolor painting of a Pueblo dancer about to climb a ladder leaning against a kiva. Awa Tsireh is also called Alfonso Roybal.
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