Very Early Harrison Begay painting

Harrison Begay

Very Early Harrison Begay painting, Paintings by Harrison Begay
  • Begay painting
  • Navajo painting
Marked Down $850.00
Gallery Price $1,500.00
Very Early Harrison Begay painting
Harrison Begay
Gouache on paper
Sight size
10" height X 7 3/4" width
"Harrison Begay" in script at viewer's lower right, "Haskey Yah Neyah" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation
Circa 1945
Good not excellent, tiny pin pricks of foxing are present. Masking tape attaching mat board to painting must be removed in the future to preserve art.
Mar Ch
Mat size
14" height X 10" width
About The Very Early Harrison Begay painting

The delicacy of paint application

The application of signatures, style

Compositional sensitivity

all signal this painting as extremely early

About Harrison Begay

(1917-2012) Harrison Begay was born in 1917 and educated at various schools on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. Santa Fe Indian School and at Phoenix Junior College. He served in the U. S. Army in World War II.

Harrison Begay had paintings included in the collections of the Southwest Museum in Pasadena California, the famed Philbrook Art Center, the Gilcrease Museum and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona to name a few.

One of the best known Navajo painters, Begay's watercolors are known for their delightful colors as well as their charming detail and strong sense of design. Begay is a conservative traditional painter whose work depicts an idealized manner of every segment of Navajo life. In the 1950's Begay co-founded Tewa Enterprises in Santa Fe to sell silkscreen reproductions of his work. Allan Houser, Pop Chalee and Gerald Nailor also sold reproductions through Tewa Enterprises.

Begay was awarded the French Palmes d’Academiques in 1954 and has exhibited worldwide to include a solo exhibition in Japan in 1989. His work is cited in The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters by Patrick D. Lester, The St. James Guide to Native North American Artists, American Indian Painting by Dorothy Dunn, Southwest Indian Painting by Clara Lee Tanner, American Indian Painters by Oscar Jacobson and Jeanne D’Ucel plus another five plus books focused on Native American artists. Harrison Begay's work was included in the exhibit "Beautiful Resistance: Works on Paper from the Heard Museum Collection" May 22 - December. 2005.

Other Works By Harrison Begay:
  • Pair of Paintings: Navajo Boy and Girl with Pets, Paintings by Harrison Begay
  • Pair of Paintings: Navajo Boy and Girl with Lambs, Paintings by Harrison Begay
  • Picking Corn Pollen, Paintings by Harrison Begay

American Indian, Navajo




American Indians, Animals


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