Pena, Tonita

SOLD Tonita Pena (1895-1949) - Flag-Bearer

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SOLD Tonita Pena (1895-1949) - Flag-Bearer

  • Gouache
  • C. 1920
  • 14.5'' x 8.5''
  • PDC91051-1216-073a
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22.5" x 16.5" framed. This painting is in good condition. It is framed under UV glass. There is a small, horizontal wrinkle in the paper at the very top of the painting. Acquired from a private collection in Arizona. Tonita was from the San Ildefonso pueblo, daughter of Ascension Vigil Pena, but she was later she was raised in Cochiti by her aunt. Tonita is a well-known artist, and she started exhibiting in the 1910s in galleries and museums in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas. In the 1930s, she was an art instructor at the Santa Fe Indian School and the Albuquerque Indian School. She is the only woman painter of the famed San Ildefonso Self-Taught Group. Some museum collections include the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, the Heard Museum in Arizona, and the Peabody Museum in Harvard. This would be a wonderful painting to acquire from this notable artist. All of the dancers follow the flag bearer into the ceremony, so hes basically leading the ceremony. It is also a quiet way to announce to the crowd that the ceremony is beginning, and so all begin to be silent. The flag is made from a pueblo sash, fox tail, eagle feathers and pinon branches and topped by a wooden rattle. The design on the pueblo sash is symbolic of rain.