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Walter Ufer
Callers
about 1926
oil
50 1/2 x 50 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr.



The larger, heavier of two mounted men leans forward to speak with a young woman, who stands hesitantly at the gate. Is this a father bringing his son to initiate a courtship? Ufer leaves the visit's purpose ambiguous, while using his exceptional skills to fill the canvas with vibrant light and powerful forms. By integrating details like the white picket fence and Anglo-style houses just glimpsed in the distance, Ufer shows a full appreciation of the complexities of Indian cultures in the Southwest, where Anglo and native ways continued side by side.