Original Painting of Diné Encampment by Andrew Tsihnahjinnie

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Andrew Van Tsihnahjinnie, Diné Artist
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Tempera
  • Size:
    28-½” x 37-½” image;
    34" x 43-¾” framed
  • Item # C4394B
  • Price: $2,250.00

This large original painting was created by Diné artist Andrew Tsihnahjinnie.  Santa Fe Indian School instructor Dorothy Dunn praised the artist’s abilities in her book American Indian Painting of the Southwest and Plains Areas:  “Andrew Tsihnahjinnie, in many respects—incisive interpretation, spontaneity of brushwork, originality of color, vigor of draftsmanship and vitality of action—had no equals among the artists of the studio and perhaps few superiors among modern painters. If equanimity and self-confidence were to rule his artistic abilities, Tsihnahjinnie might well be one of America’s top-ranking painters. In the brief seasons when he felt freed to paint the things he knew so deeply, without troubled concern for doing otherwise, his work attained a trenchant beauty, unique in modern art.” [Dunn,1968:302]

Tsihnahjinnie was a master at depicting realistic images of the everyday activities of his people. Whereas Harrison Begay portrayed idealized scenes of Diné life, Tsihnahjinnie recorded the history of the Diné people in his paintings. He painted scenes of dances, gamblers, ceremonial “Sings”, and other events that occurred frequently in the Navajo Nation. In this painting, he captured the arrival of the Navajo at an approaching “Sing” or dance—possibly that of the Yeibichai. They have pulled in their wagons and set up for the all-night affair. When viewing the painting up close, it is evident that Dunn’s review was well deserved—Tsihnahjinnie’s work with each of the many figures is excellent.  His wide variety of colors, used on top of dark paper, adds to the overall impact.  This is a wonderful example of Tsinahjinnie’s graceful depictions of Diné life.

The painting is signed Tsihnahjinnie.  It is framed in a wood frame, with two interior bands in colors that complement the painting.

Andrew Van Tsihnahjinnie (1916 - 2000) was a Diné painter who was born near Chinle, Arizona. He attended elementary school at the Indian School at Fort Apache, but ran away and returned to the reservation. He then attended school in Santa Fe and became a student of Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian School. He was an excellent student and was known to have stayed in the studio painting until forced to return to the dormitory. Following his graduation he went to work as an illustrator for the Indian Service.  Tsihnahjinnie’s works are included in many prominent public and private collections, and are published in most of the major texts which relate to Native painting. Tsihnahjinnie passed away in 2000.

Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Original Painting of Diné Encampment by Andrew Tsihnahjinnie is from a private Santa Fe collection

Reference: American Indian Painting of the Southwest and Plains Areas by Dorothy Dunn, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1968.

Relative LInks: NavajoApacheSanta FeDorothy DunnpaintingAndrew Van Tsihnahjinnie

Close up view of a section of this painting.

Andrew Van Tsihnahjinnie, Diné Artist
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Tempera
  • Size:
    28-½” x 37-½” image;
    34" x 43-¾” framed
  • Item # C4394B
  • Price: $2,250.00

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