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Harrison Begay Young Weavers


Item Number: DR 591
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Harrison Begay
Medium: Original acrylic color
Age: Early 1980s
Dimensions: 24 ½” X 20 ½”” framed


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Young Weavers Original Painting

Begay painted a timeless, peaceful and gentle world, recognizing only the beauty in the Navajo way of life.  His traditional Navajo scenes, rendered in soft tones, speak of peace and serenity. 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.

This painting focuses on two young girls sharing their finished storm pattern weaving with their grandmother for her approval. Each person is depicted wearing traditional Navajo clothing from hair, to moccasins, to jewelry. Harrison has chosen to provide specific details of the squash blossom necklaces and silver buttons arranged on the shirts the women are wearing. Grandmother is elderly as evidenced by the cane and the color of her hair. A blanket/rug drapes over her right shoulder. The upper portion of the painting depicts clouds with rain and a single bird flying through the middle. Above all is a rainbow for protection and a Navajo sun symbol. At the bottom is a smiling dog representational of this pleasant pastoral scene. The details of the wonderful piece of art have been carefully painted to faithfully represent traditional Navajo life.

This original painting is signed in the lower left and in the lower right – Haskay Yahne Yah and Harrison Begay.

This beautiful art work is protected with Museum Glass, an anti-reflection picture framing glass with conservation grade UV protection.  With its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer. It is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes.

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 – The artist has written on the back of the painting in pencil “Original acrylic colors, Young Weavers Showing Their Finished Rug to Grandma (Storm Pattern Rug) by Harrison Begay, Navajo Artist.”
Provenance: Purchased from a private collector in Arkansas