Pair of Paintings: Navajo Boy and Girl with Lambs

Harrison Begay

Pair of Paintings: Navajo Boy and Girl with Lambs, Paintings by Harrison Begay
  • Begay paintings
  • Navajo paintings
Item Purchased
Marked Down $600.00
Gallery Price $950.00
Title
Pair of Paintings: Navajo Boy and Girl with Lambs
Artist
Harrison Begay
Medium
Gouache (opaque water-based paint) on paper board
Sight size
9 1/8" height X 7 1/4" width (each)
Frame
Single paper mat (acidic), regular glass, gold finished wood molding
Frame size
16" height X 13 3/4" width
Signed
"Harrison Begay" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation
Circa 1965
Condition
Excellent, as appeared framed, glazed.
Provenance
JF, a Sedona Art collector
About The Pair of Paintings: Navajo Boy and Girl with Lambs

How to determine these delicate paintings by Harrison Begay were painted relatively early in his career?

Note the subdued palette, the extra fine line quality and his tiny highly controlled signatures.

No value was attached to these substandard frames and inferior mats.

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:
  • Picking Corn Pollen, Paintings by Harrison Begay
Cultures

American Indian, Navajo

Medium

Paintings

Subject

American Indians, Animals

Keywords

Harrison Begay, Begay paintings, Navajo paintings