In this Southwestern landscape, a complex of adobe buildings fills the foreground. Rolling pink hills are set against a purplish-brown plateau in the background. A large white cloud sweeps across the blue sky, echoing the shape of the plateau.
A 1947 inventory compiled by Dasburg, and now in the Archives of American Art, reveals that this work was “painted near Chimayo.” The adobe structures relate most closely to early 20th century photographs of the Santo Niño Penitente church in Chimayo, New Mexico, about 40 miles north of Santa Fe.
Private Collection (student of the Artist), Woodstock, NY;
Charles Rosen, Woodstock, NY;
Mrs. Charles Rosen, Woodstock, NY;
By descent through the family;
[Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];
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