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E. Martin Hennings, Navajo Mother and Child

A Navajo woman dressed in a red blouse, a teal skirt, and turquoise jewelry sits on an open plane in the dry New Mexico landscape. To her left is her baby, shaded by the white fabric it is wrapped up in as the mother holds it up to show it off. The facial features of both the mother and the child are painted with tight brush strokes, giving the portrait a realistic likeness of the Navajo mother and child. The landscape is bare but warm with the tan shade of the soil contrasting against the cool blue of the expansive sky filled with puffy white clouds. - Maranda Nieman

E. Martin Hennings
Navajo Mother and Child, 1955
Oil on canvas
Overall: 25 1/16 x 30 1/8 in. (63.7 x 76.5 cm) frame: 32 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. (82.6 x 95.3 cm)
Gift of Letha Batrum Estate