Art Abstracts: Rain Dancers, José Encarnacion Peña (Soqween)

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Rain Dancers

Someone must have been doing a rain dance last night, because it’s still showering this morning!

Many of the early Pueblo painters worked from personal experience and memory in depicting images of ceremonial life. José Encarnacion Peña, who studied with Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian School, followed the Studio Style format that excluded environmental references, focusing solely on the figures. In Rain Dancers, Peña expands the scope of the image to include a full line of dancers, with the singers portrayed from behind in the foreground. His attention to detail makes the image intimately engaging, despite its larger scale. The delicate lines on the feathers, both turkey and pheasant, are equaled only by the detail of the fir boughs worn by the dancers.

This work is on display in the Molly and Jim Crawley Gallery, which is located near the front left of the Stewart Wing.



José Encarnacion Peña (U.S., San Ildefonso, 1902-1979)

Rain Dancers, n.d.

Watercolor on paper, 15 x 28 1/4 in.

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman;

The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, 2010



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