Begay painted a timeless, peaceful and gentle world, recognizing only the beauty in the Navajo way of life. The faces of the people in his pictures are happy and the subject matter is always pleasant. The colors are soft and pastel in tint, a style of painting Begay used his entire career. The Yei rainbow guardian hovering over the little girl is presented as her protection. Begay often used a Yei rainbow guardian in his work. The rain is symbolic of the life sustaining water necessary for renewal and growth in the arid plains of the Navajo Nation. Spring is further depicted in the green grasses and the flowers the young girl is carrying and with the blue birds flying high under the Yei rainbow.
This original painting is signed in the lower left and in the lower right – Haskay Yahne Yah and Harrison Begay
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The matting on this picture is an acid free matte(s) for long term protection and to enhance the picture. Acid free mattes provide 75-100 years of protection against matte burn and brown marks which can decrease the value of a painting. The matting colors were selected to draw the eye into the picture complementing the artist’s selected brush work or towards a particular key element of the piece.
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Maintained in the same family since purchased in the 1960s.