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Star Road and White Sun

Star Road and White Sun

Artist: Ernest L. Blumenschein (1874 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 1960 Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1920
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Unframed: 41 1/2 x 50 1/2 in. (105.4 x 128.3 cm)
Framed: 45 x 54 in. (114.3 x 137.2 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1985 General Obligation Bonds, Albuquerque High School Collection gift of classes 1943,1944, and 1945
Object number: PC1986.50.3
DescriptionTwo men (Star Road and White Sun) stand in front of a forested slope, the younger Star Road stands in front of White Sun and partially obscures White Sun's face.
On view
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Ernest L. Blumenschein

1874 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 1960 Albuquerque, New Mexico

Star Road and White Sun

1920

oil on canvas

museum purchase, 1985 General Obligation Bonds, Albuquerque High School Collection, gift of classes 1943, 1944, and 1945

PC1986.50.3

 

Ernest L. Blumenschein’s friend Star Road (Geronimo Gomez) seems to almost “eclipse” the older White Sun in this painting. The younger man wears distinctly less traditional attire, reflecting larger social changes at work. Educated in U.S. Government schools with a mandate to modernize and assimilate American Indian children, Star Road was somewhat alienated from certain aspects of traditional ritual life of the Pueblo. Blumenschein was well aware of the complex issues facing Native peoples, and unlike some of his contemporaries, actively incorporated this awareness into his work. He considered this one of his most important paintings. Serious, determined, and defiant, both figures gaze at the viewer as if to challenge the ways in which Native American culture and issues are perceived.

Star Road and White Sun

1920

óleo sobre lienzo

adquisición del museo, bonos de obligación general 1985, Albuquerque High School Collection, obsequio de las promociones de 1943, 1944 y 1945

PC1986.50.3

 

Star Road (Gerónimo Gómez), amigo de Ernest L. Blumenschein casi parece «eclipsar» a la más anciana White Sun. El hombre más joven lleva un atuendo claramente menos tradicional, lo que refleja cambios sociales en curso. Educado en escuelas del gobierno de Estados Unidos cuyo mandato era el de modernizar y asimilar a los niños indígenas, Star Road se vio alienado de muchos aspectos tradicionales de la vida ritual de los pueblo. Blumenschein conocía muy bien la complejidad de los problemas a los que se enfrentaban los pueblos indígenas y, a diferencia de sus contemporáneos, incorporó activamente este conocimiento en su obra. Él consideraba esta una de sus pinturas más importantes. Serias, decididas y provocadoras, ambas figuras miran fijamente al observador como desafiando la percepción común de la cultura indígena americana y sus problemas.

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