An impressive original gouache painting of the iconic buttes and towers at the Monument Valley in the famous "Four Corners" region of the American Southwest, signed at lower right by the listed artist ARTHUR C. BEGAY (1932-2010). The work, 11 1/2" by 15 3/4" (17 1/2" by 22" nicely framed and matted) is a stunning example of Southwestern art. The artist has depicted the ageless ramparts as they stand under a high, wispy cloud at sunset. Begay lived much of his life near Newcomb, New Mexico near the Two Grey Hills trading post. In the 1950's he won a scholarship opportunity to study in Westport, Connecticut with famed illustrator Norman Rockwell, and his work shows much of the technical influence of his famous mentor. Begay returned to the Southwest and for many years created impressive gouache paintings of traditional Navajo scenes with figures, and landscapes of the Shiprock and Monument Valley areas. He is listed in the Biographical Dictionary of Native American Painters and in American Indian Painters by Jeanne Snodgrass. CONDITION: ****past careless handling has led to water droplet spots in the composition****, most visible in the sky to the right of the central butte (five spots) but also to its left and there are a number of other small spots scattered in the lower third of the imagery. Most likely the work was left briefly in the sun and as moisture quickly condensed, it accumulated and dropped onto the paper, as is all too often seen. Nevertheless, from normal viewing distance that is not really noticeable, and one can enjoy the composition as it was intended to be seen. Whitish vertical streaks, principally at the right side, are just reflections in the glass.
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