R. Brownell McGrew (1916 - 1994). Pencil on paper depicting a standing figure wearing a fur-lined shawl and carrying a tray, looking down at a seated figure. Drawing is inscribed SK.52 along the lower left and signed McG along the lower right.
Trained as a portrait and landscape painter, R. Brownell McGrew worked for M.G.M. and Columbia as a backdrop artist before moving to the Southwest to paint the desert and its peoples. He focused particularly on the Hopi and Navajo tribes, creating portraits, but also painting and photographing ceremonies and traditions. His work became an important part of cultural conservation efforts, and he became closely involved with the tribes, becoming known to them as â€œThe Man Who Paints the Old.â€ Provenance: Collection of Judith Balderson, MN.
Dimensions: Unframed; Height: 10 3/4 in. x Width: 8 1/4 in. Framed; Height: 19 3/4 in. x Width: 17 in.
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