Immaculate detail chronicling a highly important activity--singing for rain needed to grow crops on the Reservation.
|About the Artist||
(1937-1972, Navajo) Robert Chee attended the Intermountain Indian School at Brigham City, Utah. He was a student of Allan Houser. His Indian name was Hashke-yil-e-dale.
Chee's preference for depicting people set him apart from many Navajo painters. He often painted them in clusters, as they functioned in social groups. His figures are portrayed with a sensitivity to the Navajo personality. Mark Bahti produced a coloring book in 1975 titled The Navajo, whereupon Chee's drawings represent the outlines to teach students about the Navajo people and their way of life. Chee won awards at Navajo Tribal Fairs, at the Philbrook Art Center in Oklahoma and at the Inter-Tribal Indian ceremonies.
|Medium||Gouache (opaque water-based paint) on paper board|
|Sight size||18 1/2" height X 24 1/2" width|
|Frame||Three PH balanced mat boards, Tru vue UV blocking glass, custom wood molding|
|Frame size||31 1/4" height X 37" width|
|Signed||"Robert Chee" at viewer's lower right|
|Date of creation||1965|
|Condition||Excellent, as appeared framed, glazed.|