LOT 261

Gerard Curtis Delano


Footprints at the Pool

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

DIMENSIONS: 22 1/2 x 40 1/2 inches

ESTIMATE: $60,000.00 - $90,000.00

Signed lower right

Signed and titled verso


Additional Information

Gerard Curtis Delano was a native of Massachusetts and studied in New York at the Art Students League. In 1919, he went west to Colorado and worked as a ranch hand, before establishing a homestead in the Blue River region of the Rocky Mountains. He built a log cabin with a dirt-covered roof as his studio and set about painting the rugged landscape. After returning to New York City to work as an illustrator, in 1933 Delano moved back to Colorado for good. In 1943, he made a trip to Arizona to visit the Navajo lands where he immediately fell in love with what he saw. "Arizona's picturesque setting provide to my mind the greatest possible opportunity for pictorial beauty," he wrote. "The people themselves are naturally artistic. I feel a great sympathy for them." Delano would spend the next thirty years of his life painting the rich cultural heritage of the Navajo people. However, Delano also depicted life of the plains Indians and several of his large-size paintings include a similar figure wearing a large headdress like the main figure does in Footprints at the Pool. The color palette of those paintings have a similarity to this one as well, with strong yellows and greens dominating the scene. While Delano’s paintings strike a chord with modern Western collectors and many are bought and sold at Western auctions and galleries, Footprints at the Pool is coming to the market for the first time ever.


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