Framed R.C. Gorman Bookplate of 1970 Woman Combing Hair Lithograph, Native American Indian Art

$88.00

When I was 18 years old, I worked in a Corrales, New Mexican landmark restaurant called The Territorial House, and one of the perks of my job was that the owner let me go hang out in the saloon after the restaurant closed. And yes, it was an authentic saloon; the owner's husband had even been shot and killed there years before. But every weekend night we'd all get off work and go into that narrow building that was mostly a long wooden bar, a few tables by the windows, and a very small band stage and space for dancing. And often, the already-famous artist R.C. Gorman would come in, and quite often he'd ask me to dance, which we did, swinging to the country and western music. In those days Gorman was developing a style for which he'd become well known--the portrait of Native American woman, usually sitting or leaning, sometimes doing something like working with food or holding a child. Those earlier works were not as colorful nor formulaic as they'd later become. But then again, by the time he died, in 2005, Gorman had tapped into a style that resonated with a worldwide audience, the vibrant colors and lines and shapes feeling contemporary and belonging to him--his signature. But back in the late 1970s, all we knew was he was an artist who was making it in New Mexico and beyond. And so this 1970 framed bookplate called to me precisely because it captured early Gorman. The original lithograph--which this is NOT--was of a pencil drawing, so no color, gray/black and white, and the image is of a woman seated cross legged, pulling back and combing her hair with her fingers. Although this is only a bookplate, which is simply a print from an art book, the image and medium of the original lend themselves so well to a reprint, and the size is especially appealing for the image. The gallery that framed this went out of business long ago, and several RC Gorman framed bookplates were available. I've taken this apart to find out how it was put together. The page was actually glued to the interior of the mat, and there is a bit of puckering along the edge, which I've tried to minimize by adding more layers behind the image. This is not archival, and it has yellowed slightly, but it is still a lovely framed piece that would be beautiful in a Southwestern home..

The framed piece is just over 11" wide by 13" tall, and the mat opening is closer to 7" by 9". This bookplate was taken from 2/40 of the limited edition lithograph, and has the signature and limited edition numbering, but again, those are printed from the original. The gallery included a printed information excerpt on the back, which has also yellowed. Aside from the slight puckering of the print along the edge of the mat, the print is in good vintage condition, as is the frame.

Powerful Native American art.

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