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Navajo Boy and Navajo Girl on Horseback


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Harrison Begay (1914-2012) Haashké yah Níyá - The Wandering Boy
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: opaque watercolor - PAIR
  • Size: 14” x 12” image; 20-3/4” x 18-1/4” each
  • Item # C3889A
  • Price: $1,850.00

Close up of Navajo Girl

Harrison Begay (1914-2012) Haashké yah Níyá - The Wandering Boy often painted images that he intended to be retained as a pair.  This is one in which he painted a young Navajo boy on his horse and a matching painting of a young Navajo girl on her horse.  The pair looks so well together that it would not be proper to separate them so we are offering them only as a pair.


Navajo painter Harrison Begay was one of the most well-known students of the Santa Fe Indian School, where he was educated from 1934 to 1940.  He received a great deal of international acclaim during his long career, and was one of the first Native American artists to support himself financially with his artwork.  Begay enjoyed a long career as a prolific creator of “flat-style” watercolor paintings, celebrating beauty and serenity with a warm and inviting color palette.  He was a close friend of Quincy Tahoma and was with him the day he passed away.


Native Name - Harrison Begay (1914-2012) Haashké yah Níyá - The Wandering BoyEnglish Name - Harrison Begay (1914-2012) Haashké yah Níyá - The Wandering BoyBoth paintings are signed with Begay’s native name (Haashké yah Níyá) and English name (Harrison Begay).  Neither painting is dated. The two paintings are being offered as a PAIR ($1850 for both).


Condition: both appear to be in very good condition

Provenance: from the collection of a family from Texas.  They were purchased from Andrews Pueblo Pottery in Albuquerque in 1980.

Recommended ReadingVisions and Voices: Native American Painting from the Philbrook Museum of Art by Suzanne Abel-Vidor, et al

Close up of Navajo Boy