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
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
signed with initials in bottom right corner below walking sticks
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.
- “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017