Mineral Earth Painting “Whirling Eagles” by Pablita Velarde [SOLD]


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Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo Painter

Artist signature of Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo PainterThis representation of a pair of eagles was painted by Santa Clara artist Pablita Velarde. She titled it "Whirling Eagles." It is not known if this presents to us a Santa Clara legend or if it was Velarde's visual perception of a pair of eagles cavorting playfully or antagonistically. In either case, she presents us with a very active image full of energy.

Rich in color and detail, the painting was made using Velarde's handmade mineral earth paints. This is a medium she commonly used, and as evidenced by her incredible volume of beautiful work, one she became a profound expert in. The original wide wood frame is also a usual style for Velarde, one she preferred to house her paintings. I have been told that Velarde's neighbor in Albuquerque made this style frame for her.

This painting is a departure from Velarde's frequent display of ceremonial dance figures-buffalo, deer, antelope and others. It is refreshing to see such a dynamic painting.

Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Mineral Earth Painting "Whirling Eagles" by Pablita Velarde is from the estate of a client from Flagstaff, Arizona

Recommended Reading: "Woman's Work" : The Art of Pablita Velarde by Sally Hyer, The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

TAGS: Native American PaintingsSanta Clara PuebloTonita PeñawatercolorHelen HardinNavajo Nation

Close-up view of a section of this painting.

Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo Painter
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