By the hand of noted Southwestern artist MANUEL S. FRANCO, a large, detailed work, consisting of two separate paintings framed as one: the principal painting of the iconic Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico, and the smaller work at right a black ware traditional pot. The pueblo image measures 13 3/4" by 26 3/4", the pottery 3 3/8" on a side (27 3/4" by 42 1/2" in a pinkish frame). Franco signed both and dated them 1990. Note the extreme detail, including tiny figures around a smoking kiva oven on the second level of the pueblo, and the handling of the reflection and shine on the glossy pot. Some biographical information on the artist is attached in a manila envelope on the backing. Franco was born in Chihuahua state in northwestern Mexico. Armed with a mining engineering degree, he worked in that field throughout Mexico before becoming a full-time artist. Franco is of mixed Indian/Mexican heritage, providing him tremendous insight into the culture of the Southwest. Franco moved to Dumas, Texas in 1979, following his brother, and became a US citizen in 1999. As of 2013, he still lived in Dumas, (in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo). This impressive work is in excellent fresh condition. Found in Kalispell, Montana, where it quite possibly decorated a western-themed seasonal home. Due to the size/weight of the sheet of glass, it should be discarded or replaced with Plexiglas before shipping. This will increase safety while also saving on shipping costs.
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