Pablita Velarde: Painting Her People (Hardback)
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Pablita Velarde: Painting Her People (Hardback)

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Hardback 74 Pages / Published: 30/12/2001
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This beautiful art book combines the historical memoir of a beloved artist with her art, featuring 28 paintings in full colour, some previously unpublished and rarely seen. The author spent many hours with Pablita Velarde recording her stories as first person reminiscences, which the artist has fully endorsed. These anecdotes go back to Pablita's childhood Pueblo life, to her mother's early death from TB, and starting at St. Catherine's Indian School at age 5. Pablita recalls her later years at the Santa Fe Indian School, working with Dorothy Dunn to develop her art, and painting murals at Bandelier under the WPA. She reflects on raising her children alone, and her eventual fame as a American Indian painter. Her stories are about the struggles of a Native American woman in the 20s, 30s and 40s, but even more, reveal an artist who triumphed over many difficulties with strength, talent, and courage, to inspire later generations. Each story is illustrated with one of Pablita's paintings of Pueblo life.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780937206676
Number of pages: 74
Weight: 696 g
Dimensions: 220 x 275 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
." . . an impressive art book that beautifully presents an historical and compelling memoir of the artist . . . A 'must' for students of Native American art history in general, and the work of Pablita Velarde in particular."
. . . an impressive art book that beautifully presents an historical and compelling memoir of the artist . . . A must for students of Native American art history in general, and the work of Pablita Velarde in particular.
"As a little girl, Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara Pueblo) made charcoal drawings on paper sacks and cardboard boxes. Though her drawings were often burned to start the next cooking fire, she dreamed of becoming a painter, a doubtful possibility for a pueblo woman in the early 20yh century. Yet today, nearly eight decades later, Pablita Velarde stands as an icon of American Indian Art, a symbol of the power both of her artistic vision and of the stories her paintings tell of Pueblo life and culture. This touching collection pairs the artist's personal reminiscences and anecdotes with paintings that mirror those rememberances. The effect of this pairing transcends biography and affords us the rare and difficult experience of art and life converging. It is a mystical union, at once personal and universal, that has much to teach us about art and life and the right path taken and followed to its end."
a. . . an impressive art book that beautifully presents an historical and compelling memoir of the artist . . . A amusta for students of Native American art history in general, and the work of Pablita Velarde in particular.a

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