Richard Haines - Navajo - Oil on Board - 1956 (?) P2638
Labels on the back trace its history from when it was first shown (and bought by the noted collector and philanthropist Virginia Steele Scott) at the Dalzell Hatfield Galleries in LA through her gift of it to the Laguna Beach Museum Of Art to its passage through Butterfields auction house. From the LVI painted on the back of the canvas we infer a date of 1956 for the painting.
It's a subtle modernist work of great presence and atmosphere, showing a group of Navajo, men and women, in an interior.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
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