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Spectators at a Winter Ceremonial, Taos Pueblo

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Spectators at a Winter Ceremonial, Taos Pueblo

Artist: Bert Geer Phillips (American, 1868 - 1956)

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 1/4 x 46 inches (64.1 x 116.8 cm)
Frame: 32 1/8 × 54 1/4 × 3 inches (81.6 × 137.8 × 7.6 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: Spectators: At A Winter Ceremonial / Pueblo / By Bert Phillips (reverse, on canvas)
Signed: Phillips, / Taos. N.M. (lower left)
Credit Line: Purchased by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1978
Object number: 31.6.5
Accession Number: 1978.126.1
Label Text:In this painting, Phillips concentrates on observers of, rather than participants in, Pueblo ceremonies or dances. The artist gives a sense of the many different experiences at a ceremony. Native people wrapped in conventional shawls or blankets observe from the top of a pueblo. Some talk and gesture while others observe in solemnity. Phillips paints with a modern simplification of form. He also presents a new image of the Indian to the viewer—one where Native peoples are not dressed in fringed buckskin and feathers.
Provenance: Phillips family collection; by inheritance to grandson William J. Beutler, Mesa, Arizona; purchased by (Gerald Peters, Santa Fe, New Mexico); (Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York, 1975); purchased by Wally Sargent, Santa Fe, New Mexico; (Jim Fowler's Period Gallery West, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1978); purchased by (Gerald P. Peters, Santa Fe, New Mexico); purchased February 10, 1978 by the Nelda C. and H.J Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Branding the American West: Paintings and Films 1900-1950
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