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Luis Jimenez

watercolor with pencil
48 x 52 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Frank K. Ribelin

This image of a dead coyote is an especially poignant one for Luis Jimenez. Until recently, coyotes were killed by bounty hunters and their skins were strung along fences marking the U.S.-Mexican border. Jimenez appears to sympathize with the coyote as prey rather than fearing it as predator. At the time he created this watercolor, the artist was facing the loss of sight in one of his eyes, and he strongly identified with the trapped and threatened animal.