Original Painting titled “Santuario de Chimayo” by Robert Daughters

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Robert Daughters, Western Painter
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Western Artists
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Size:
    10-⅝” x 13-½” image;
    19-¼” x 22-½” framed
  • Item # C4426i
  • Price: $9750

“Santuario de Chimayo” is an original oil painting by New Mexico artist Robert Daughters.  Many will recognize this as the Chimayo, New Mexico church to which hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages each year.  The majority of these visitors come during “Holy Week” preceding Easter, seeking blessings and fulfilling vows.  These pilgrimages are traditionally made on foot, with visitors walking from nearby towns along the shoulders of the highways.  Daughters’ “Santuario de Chimayo” is a fine tribute to these spiritual seekers’ destination.

In this image, the viewer looks directly at the front of the church, through the open courtyard gates. This perspective allows for a fairly straightforward composition, which is elevated into something extraordinary by the artist’s use of light and color.  The church is bathed in the warm glow of early evening sunlight. Shadows from nearby trees extend across the painting diagonally, covering the church with winding, jagged-edged lines in blue and purple.  The church’s parallel lines, right angles, and consistent colors stand in stark contrast to the surrounding trees’ wild expressions of shape, shadow, and color.  What’s most remarkable, though, is the way these two worlds come together to create such a beautifully dreamy image.  Daughters’ work with “Santuario de Chimayo” is exceptional.

Robert Daughters (1929-2013) signatureThe painting is signed R. Daughters in lower right.  It is framed in a carved gold frame, under a fabric mat with a gold interior band.

Robert Daughters (1929-2013) was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri. After graduation from high school and three years in the military, he worked as a Curator of Display at the St. Joseph Museum of Natural History while attending the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design.  During a 1953 visit to Taos, New Mexico, Daughters discovered the beauty of the Southwest. He and his family made their move to Santa Fe in 1970, then to Taos in 1972.  Rather than describe himself as an impressionist or expressionist, Daughters says he is a "composist"—his term for an artist who creates paintings with color harmony, the contrast of light and dark values and, above all, structure. His work is created from photographs, charcoal sketches and small plein air oil studies. The emphasis is on structure, an orderly arrangement of shapes, tones and atmospheric effect.  Daughters received many well-deserved awards and accolades during his career. Today, he is regarded as a significant and influential figure in the world of Southwestern art.


Condition: this Original Painting titled "Santuario de Chimayo" by Robert Daughters is in excellent condition

Recommended Reading: ROBERT DAUGHTERS - After the Formative Years, Munson Publishing, Santa Fe, 2007

Relative Links: Taos New MexicoSanta FeWestern ArtRobert Daughters, Western Painter

Robert Daughters, Western Painter
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Western Artists
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Size:
    10-⅝” x 13-½” image;
    19-¼” x 22-½” framed
  • Item # C4426i
  • Price: $9750

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