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Baking Pottery, Acoma Pueblo

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Baking Pottery, Acoma Pueblo

Artist: William Robinson Leigh (American, 1866 - 1955)

Date: 1911
Medium: gouache on board
Dimensions:
40 x 27 1/16 inches (101.6 x 68.8 cm)
Frame: 48 1/4 × 35 1/4 × 1 7/8 inches (122.6 × 89.5 × 4.8 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: W R Leigh 1911 (lower left)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1996
Object number: 31.233.1
Accession Number: 1995.13.1
Label Text:Leigh found inspiration in his visits to the Pueblos of Laguna, Acoma, and Zuni in 1906 during his first trip to the American Southwest. Comments in his diary about Zuni seem to apply to his painting of Acoma as well, “The women wore red blankets [which] contrasted marvelously with their black hair. It seemed as if it would be impossible to add or take away anything to heighten the fabulous picturesqueness. Color, line, massing, distribution, everything was perfect. The people made wonderful pottery . . . .”
Provenance: Private collection, Kansas City until 1960; Max Shriver, Kansas City [1]; Lee Levitt, Taos, New Mexico until 1986[2]; by descent to Irene Levitt, Phoenix Valley, Arizona; private collector; purchased January 30, 1996 through (Winthrop Art Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. Shriver relocated to Taos, New Mexico | 2. Levitt relocated to Phoenix Valley, Arizona