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Feast Day: San Juan Pueblo

ca. 1921 William Penhallow Henderson Born: Medford, Massachusetts 1877 Died: Tesuque, New Mexico 1943 oil on canvas 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Alice H. Rossin in memory of Dr. Joshua C. Taylor 1982.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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William Penhallow “Whippy” Henderson created a rhythmic procession of shapes leading upward and outward from the crowd of villagers at the lower left to the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The villagers, their houses, the trees and the hills are all part of a unified world summoned by the feast day drummer, whose music seems to radiate through the landscape. Henderson documented an important religious procession in the southwestern pueblo of San Juan, about twenty-five miles north of his home in Santa Fe. He showed the town’s two churches, the small Loretto Chapel and the larger Church of San Juan. Because sketching or photographing such events was forbidden, Henderson would observe them, often from horseback, and then return to his studio and paint from memory.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - pueblo

Architecture Exterior - domestic - tent

Architecture Exterior - religious - church

Ceremony - religion - feast day

Ethnic - Indian - Pueblo

Figure group

Landscape - New Mexico - San Juan

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About William Penhallow Henderson

Born: Medford, Massachusetts 1877 Died: Tesuque, New Mexico 1943

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