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Rainbow Mother

Woody Crumbo

About The Rainbow Mother

Drawn from Memory was an exhibition staged at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ of The James T. Bialac Collection of Native American Art.  Its guest curator was the noted Jeanne Snodgrass King.  A catalogue for this exhibition illustrates on page 4 a watercolor version of Rainbow Mother. They differ very slightly in coloration and border treatment. 

 

 

 

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Gallery Price $35,000.00

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Drawn from Memory was an exhibition staged at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ of The James T. Bialac Collection of Native American Art.  Its guest curator was the noted Jeanne Snodgrass King.  A catalogue for this exhibition illustrates on page 4 a watercolor version of Rainbow Mother. They differ very slightly in coloration and border treatment. 

 

 

 

About the Artist

(1912-1989) "Woodrow Crumbo was an American Indian artist, flautist and dancer of Potawatomi descent. As an independant prospector, he found one of the largest beryllium veins in the nation. His paintings are held by several museums including the Smithsonian Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Born in Oklahoma, Crumbo moved with his mother to Kansas as child after the death of his father in 1916. Orphaned in 1919, he spent the rest of his childhood living with various American Indian families. He earned a scholarship to the Wichita American Indian Institute, graduating as valedictorian to continue his studies at Wichita University and the University of Oklahoma.

After his teacher at Chilocco Indian School sold some of Crumbo's paintings to the San Francisco Museum of Art, Crumbo shifted his career plans from professional Native American dancer to visual artist. Between 1938 and 1941 Crumbo worked as Director of Art at the Bacone College in Muskogee. A few years later he curated a collection of Native American art at the Thomas Gilcrease Institute in Tulsa."  excerpted from Wikipedia

Medium Oil on canvas-wrapped board
Frame Carved wood frame
Frame size 25" height X 21" width
Signed "Crumbo" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation Circa 1950
Condition Excellent
Provenance Consigned by an art collector's mother BL
Board size 20" height X 16" width