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Original Painting “The White Horse”

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Juan W. Mirabal (1903-1970)
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Taos Pueblo
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Size:
    8” x 9-1/2” image;
    14” x 15-3/4” framed
  • Item # C3514.10
  • Price: $1,500.00

close up view of the horse's eyeJuan Mirabal, an artist from Taos Pueblo, was joined by two other Taos Pueblo artists, Albert Lujan and Albert Looking Elk, in painting in a realistic three-dimensional Euro-American style in the 1915 to 1920 period. Lujan and Looking Elk mostly painted scenes of Taos Pueblo buildings and surroundings and sold their art directly to tourists visiting the pueblo. Because they did not paint in the flat style other Natives were producing, their work was considered “not Indian.”

Mirabal differed from the other two painters in several respects. The most surprising thing he did was to depict ceremonial dances at the Pueblo. Before this time, no Taos Pueblo artist created such realistic pictures for a non-tribal audience. From the 1930s, Mirabal's work shows a decidedly Cubist influence, which was unique among Southwest Indian painters of the time.

He most likely learned about modernist painting from Marjorie Eaton, a painter of his own age who lived in Taos in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In addition to being well educated in European Modernism, Eaton was enamored of Mirabal. It is Mirabal's inherent design and color sense that make his paintings come alive.

This painting is dated 1931, the period before the artist delved into modernist style.  It is more realistic than his later works.  The painting was delivered to us surrounded by mat board but without a frame.  It has recently been properly framed.

 

Condition: one small area of green paint under the neck of the horse and just above the word The has been previously repaired.

Provenance: Estate of Marjorie Eaton was written on the edge of the mat board that came with the painting.

Juan Mirabal (1903-1970) signature and title

Juan W. Mirabal (1903-1970)
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Taos Pueblo
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Size:
    8” x 9-1/2” image;
    14” x 15-3/4” framed
  • Item # C3514.10
  • Price: $1,500.00

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