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Allan Houser (1914–94)

The Wedding, d. 1938, gouache on paper, 12 3⁄4 x 21 1⁄4 inches

December 16, 2020

Among the most celebrated of the Santa Fe Indian School painters, Allan Houser (born Haozous) was born in Apache, Oklahoma, of Apache and English descent. Although his early life was defined by agriculture, Houser was urged by his father to secure an education, and he ultimately elected to study painting at the Santa Fe Indian Art School under the auspices of Dorothy Dunn. His heritage was manifest in his works, and Houser quickly attained national renown, being commissioned to produce murals for the Department of the Interior in Washington in 1939; the next decade marked his first foray into sculpture, a medium in which he would become much distinguished. Houser devoted himself to his craft as well as teaching over the course of the next two decades, undergoing notable stylistic transformations though never straying from his deep cultural roots.  Displayed here along with the gouache by Houser, are several other works by Indian School painters currently available.

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Allan Houser (1914–94) The Wedding, d. 1938, gouache on paper, 12 3⁄4 x 21 1⁄4 inches

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Tonita Pena (1895–1945), Butterfly Dance, graphite, gouache and ink on paper, 10 3/4 x 13 5/8 inches, TOG5179

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Pablita Velarde (1918–2006), Four Women Coming from the Spring, watercolor and gouache on paper, 11 x 13 inches, TOG6721

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Fred Kabotie (1900–86), Corn Worker Stopping for Water, ink and watercolor on paper, 10 5/8 x 8 1/8 inches, NP885-2

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Harrison Begay (1917–2012), Cloud Symbol Feather Dancer during Mountain Chant Ceremony, graphite and gouache with colored ink, 12 x 9-1/2, OC337-1

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Harrison Begay (1917–2012), The Sand Painting Tradition (Four Directions), gouache on paper board, 38 1/4 x 31 inches, TOG5834

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Harrison Begay (1917–2012), Spotted Young Wildlife in WIlderness, graphite and gouache with colored ink, 12 x 9-1/2 inches, OC337-2

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Tonita Pena (1895–1945), Butterfly Dance, graphite, gouache and ink on paper, 10 3/4 x 13 5/8 inches, TOG5179

Pablita Velarde (1918–2006), Four Women Coming from the Spring, watercolor and gouache on paper, 11 x 13 inches, TOG6721

Fred Kabotie (1900–86), Corn Worker Stopping for Water, ink and watercolor on paper, 10 5/8 x 8 1/8 inches, NP885-2

Harrison Begay (1917–2012), Cloud Symbol Feather Dancer during Mountain Chant Ceremony, graphite and gouache with colored ink, 12 x 9-1/2, OC337-1

Harrison Begay (1917–2012), The Sand Painting Tradition (Four Directions), gouache on paper board, 38 1/4 x 31 inches, TOG5834

Harrison Begay (1917–2012), Spotted Young Wildlife in WIlderness, graphite and gouache with colored ink, 12 x 9-1/2 inches, OC337-2