Feast Day: San Juan Pueblo

  • William Penhallow Henderson, Feast Day: San Juan Pueblo, ca. 1921, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice H. Rossin in memory of Dr. Joshua C. Taylor, 1982.3

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.

Feast Day: San Juan Pueblo
ca. 1921
2230 in. (55.976.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Alice H. Rossin in memory of Dr. Joshua C. Taylor

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Architecture Exterior – religious – church
  • Ceremony – religion – feast day
  • Landscape – New Mexico – San Juan
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – pueblo
  • Figure group
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