On a Summer Morning

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On a Summer Morning
On a Summer Morning
Artist: McGrew, R. BrownellDate of Birth: 1916-1994
Medium: Oil on board
Dimensions: 24 x 20 inches
Signed: Signed lower left

R. Brownell McGrew worked in the film industry before becoming a full time painter specializing in Hopi and Navajo subjects. McGrew referred to himself as “an Impressionist in the classical sense,” though he paints to a much finer level of detail, as opposed to the Impressionists, and his paintings often have a “wet look” because he mixed his colors with linseed oil to achieve levels of luminosity that he felt suited the landscape and peoples of the desert. There is often a generational aspect to McGrew’s work, especially when the subjects are women. Mothers teach daughters, grandmothers teach granddaughters. In On a Summer Morning, the wheel of life is equally to be found in the circular wall of the Hogan in the background and in the passing on of ritual and tradition from elder to younger.
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