Pair of Skunks Beneath a Rainbow

20th century

Object

Artist

Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), San Ildefonso, 2/1/1898-5/1955
Born: San Ildefonso pueblo

Culture

Country

Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1932.214

Medium/Technique

Watercolor on paper

Credit

Gift of Anne Evans and Mary Kent Wallace

More Info

Dimensions

height: 10 3/4 in, 27.305 cm; width: 13 7/8 in, 35.2425 cm; mat height: 14 1/4 in, 36.195 cm; mat width: 19 1/4 in, 48.895 cm

Department

Native Arts

Collection

Native Arts-American Indian

Known Provenance

Gifted 1932 by Anne Evans and Mary Kent Wallace to the Denver Art Museum

Caption

Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal) (San Ildefonso), Pair of Skunks Beneath a Rainbow, 20th century. Watercolor on paper; 10¾ x 13⅞ in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Anne Evans and Mary Kent Wallace, 1932.214

Inscription

"Awa Tsireh," bottom right

Extended Info

Awa Tsireh, also known as Alfonso Roybal, was one of the most influential San Ildefonso painters in the 20th century. He is known for his use of vibrant colors and precision in his painting, both of which are evident in Pair of Skunks Beneath a Rainbow. In many of his paintings on paper, Awa Tsireh separated elements of the earth and sky by a rainbow. Note the skunks, which are creatures that live on earth, under the rainbow. The clouds and sun, which reside in the sky, are painted above the rainbow.