Oil on canvas laid on board, 5" by 7 3/4" (9 3/4" by 12 1/4" framed), the subject three women in traditional peasant garb obtaining clean water from the town well, one carrying an olla on her head, inscribed in neat lettering at bottom center "PILA CHICANA CANTON 8o. HECHO POR ANDRES CURRUCHICH CANTON 3o. COMALAPA = CHI.--". The work is by the most famous of Guatemala's naive painters, ANDRES "Andrew" CURRUCHICH (1891-1969). Naive art of course flourishes today in Guatemala and other Central American countries but Curruchich was one of the earliest, if not the earliest, to paint in the style. He began painting as early as 1920 and started exhibiting in the 1930's and 1940's. By the 1950's his reputation had resulted in exhibitions in the US, in San Francisco, Dallas, Springfield, Illinois, and Detroit. A permanent exhibition of his work is presented at the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Textiles and Clothing in Guatemala City, and hardcover books on the artist and the style he spawned are available. Today, San Juan Comalapa, within a half hour from Antigua, Guatemala, is a center for the naive art production, with an estimated 500 artists in the town painting in this style. This example is in excellent condition. It would complement any collection of Guatemalan masks, ethnographic art, folk art, or Central American art. See the net for more on the artist. .
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