Richard Haines

Richard Haines - Navajo - Oil on Board - 1956 (?) P2638

Regular price $4,500.00

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.

Richard Haines
Born Marian, IA, December 29, 1906; died Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 9, 1984. Painter, specialized in watercolor. Muralist. Sculptor. Printmaker. Worked as a designer for a greeting card manufacturer and then for a calendar firm before becoming a pupil of Edmund Kopietz and Glen Mitchell at Minneapolis (MN) School of Art. Studied with John Norton in Chicago; studied fresco under La Montaigne St. Hubert and composition under Despujols at the Fontainbleau School, France. Returned to U.S. and became involved in New Deal art projects such as the 1936 mural in the Wichita Post Office, "Kansas Farming", two murals for West High School, Denver, CO, and seven panels in South High School, Minneapolis, MN. Moved to Los Angeles, CA area in 1941 where he worked for Douglas aircraft then taught at the Chouinard Art Institute from 1945-54. From 1954-1974, Haines was head of the painting department at the Otis Art Institute.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Wiebe, Joanna K. “Kansans Cared About their New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 21, 1972. p.1E & 7E-----. “Local Legends Live in Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 22, 1972. p.1A & 3A-----. “Age Enhances Fort Scott Mural”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 23, 1972. p.1A & 8A-----. “Halstead Legend Perpetuated”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 24, 1972. p.1A & 16A -----. “Scenics, Murals and Lithographs Included in Kansas New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 25, 1972. p.15A.; Afb; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 16, 2005; Accessed July 21, 2006

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