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Diné - Navajo Painting of a Buffalo Hunt by Quincy Tahoma

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Quincy Tahoma (1917-1956) Water Edge - Near Water
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: gouache
  • Size:
    21-3/4” x 17-3/4” image;
    29-1/4” x 24-3/4” framed
  • Item # C3423
  • Price: $4,500.00

 

Quincy Tahoma had a rather turbulent early life.  He was forced to leave his home and attend government schools where he was forbidden to speak his native language, the only language he knew.  He was sent to the Santa Fe Indian School as a young man and mixed in with Pueblo and Plains Indian students with whom he was unfamiliar. 

 

Although Dorothy Dunn, the art teacher at Santa Fe Indian School, did not overly teach painting styles to students, she did encourage them, and she let them know her desires that they paint items from their culture, not from other cultures. Pueblo students painted pueblo subjects and Navajo were to paint Navajo subjects.

 

Quincy Tahoma 1917-1956 Water Edge - signature

There is nothing more Navajo than the horse.  It has been a part of their lifestyle since the arrival of the Spanish 400 years ago.  Tahoma, early in his school days, painted horses, sometimes alone and sometimes with a rider.  Later, he developed his more active style of painting buffalo hunts such as this one.  There is nothing more masculine than his renditions of a bare-chested Navajo riding a horse and on a buffalo hunt.


Although similar to other paintings of buffalo hunts, this one by Tahoma is larger than others of his.  It is more pleasing to view as the buffalo has not yet been hit with an arrow and there is no blood.  One knows what is about to happen but, at this stage, it is still very viewable.

 

Condition:  appears to be in original condition but has not been examined out of the frame.  It is signed and dated “50” (1950) in lower right.  The frame appears to be original to the painting.

Provenance: from the estate of Charles R. and Gene V. Greer, Texas

Recommended Reading: Quincy Tahoma: Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist by Charnell Havens, et. al. 

 

Quincy Tahoma (1917-1956) Water Edge - Near Water
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: gouache
  • Size:
    21-3/4” x 17-3/4” image;
    29-1/4” x 24-3/4” framed
  • Item # C3423
  • Price: $4,500.00

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