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Pair of Original Paintings of Pueblo Dancers [SOLD]

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José Desiderio (J.D.) Roybal [1922-1978] Oquwa - Rain God
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: casein
  • Size: 2-3/4” x 3-3/4” each image; 9-3/8” x 15-3/8” framed
  • Item # C3437B
  • SOLD

J. D. Roybal spent a large portion of his career painting small paintings such as this pair, generally the size of note cards or postcards, featuring two or three costumed dancers. These were his bread-and-butter paintings as they were inexpensive and easy to sell. Occasionally, he painted larger-scale paintings, again with two or three costumed dancers, but only rarely did he paint major dance ceremonies with background materials behind the dancers.

 

J. D. Roybal (1922-1978) Oquwa - Rain God - signatureThis pair of paintings features two Deer Dancers in one painting and two Ram Dancers in the other.  Behind the dancers are pueblo adobe houses.  Each dancer was executed in the finest detail imaginable as Roybal always did.  He was meticulous in his presentation of dance figures, showing every clothing item worn by dancers in real life.

 

Condition: both appear to be in original condition and are framed using acid-free mat board.  The pair is framed in a dark wood frame.

Provenance: inherited by a California gentleman, from his grandmother, and he is now offering it for sale.

Recommended Reading:  Southwest Indian Painting: A Changing Art by Clara Lee Tanner

 

José Desiderio (J.D.) Roybal [1922-1978] Oquwa - Rain God
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: casein
  • Size: 2-3/4” x 3-3/4” each image; 9-3/8” x 15-3/8” framed
  • Item # C3437B
  • SOLD

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