Squirrel

  • Felipe Archuleta, Squirrel, 1974, house paint on cottonwood with rubber and grass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.46A-B

Luce Center Label

Felipe Archuleta began by carving animals around his home in New Mexico such as rabbits, sheep, and burros. The more exotic animals came later and were inspired by images he saw in National Geographic magazine. (Nancy Schraffenberger, “A Natural Talent,” Guideposts, March 1987) Archuleta was both pleased and dismayed by the attention he received for his carvings. Although he enjoyed having his work praised, the growing orders for animals restricted the subject matter of his carvings and kept him working constantly. (Lynette I.

Luce Object Quote

“I am not worthy to be a santero [carver of wooden saints]. So I will carve animals.” Felipe Archuleta, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990

Title
Squirrel
Artist
Date
1974
On View
Dimensions
overall: 10 1/2 x 14 x 4 1/2 in. (26.7 x 35.6 x 11.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
house paint on cottonwood with rubber and grass
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – squirrel
  • Object – fruit – apple
Object Number
1997.124.46A-B
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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