Coyote #1

Coyote #1

1975
Artist
Harry Fonseca, Maidu, American, 1946-2006
Born: Sacramento, CA
Work Locations: Santa Barbara, CA, Sacramento, CA, Santa Fe, NM
Culture
Maidu
painting
Acrylic paint on canvas
William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection at the Denver Art Museum, by exchange
2005.64

Harry Fonseca (Maidu), Coyote #1, 1975. Acrylic paint on canvas; 47.75 x 23.75 in. (121.2 x 60.3 cm). Denver Art Museum: William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection, by exchange, 2005.64. © 2016 Harry Fonseca Collection, Autry Museum of the American West

Dimensions
height: 48 in, 121.9200 cm; width: 29 in, 73.6600 cm; depth: 1/5 in, 0.5080 cm; image height: 47.75 in, 121.2850 cm; image width: 23.75 in, 60.3250 cm
Inscription
signed with initials in bottom right corner below walking sticks
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America
Harry Fonseca was a self-taught artist whose early paintings featured themes from his Maidu heritage and often depicted dancers and the well-known trickster figure Coyote. Here Coyote wears a traditional cape made of the feathers of the nearly extinct California condor. The American Indian collection of the Denver Art Museum holds one example of this rare type of garment.
Exhibition History
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017