Romando Vigil original paintings

Romando Vigil, Tse Ye Mu (Falling In Water), 1902-1978

Pueblo Dancer depiction

Romando Vigil watercolor

16.5" x 12.5" image size. Matted and framed . Overall size framed is 23 1/2" x 19"
Signed bottom right

Romando Vigil began painting in 1918 and was an important artist of the San Ildefonso School (or, San ldefonso movement within the Santa Fe school). His subjects were animals, pueblo dancers, and scenes depicting every day life at the pueblo. His style combined both the realistic and abstract tendencies that had evolved from the pottery decorators of the pueblo during the San Ildefonso movement in the early 20th century, and was both decorative and descriptive. Among his commissions were murals for the 1933 Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, and Mesa Verde National Park. He was employed by Walt Disney Studios as a painter.

The San Ildefonso School evolved in the early 20th century when Dr. Edgar L. Hewett of the School of American Research encouraged Crescencio Martinez, the first important San Ildefonso painter, to use alternative mediums in painting his pottery designs. Crescencio died in 1918 and by 1920 nearly every San Ildefonso man, and some women, were painting ceremonial dances and scenes of everyday life. Pottery decorators, such as Julian Martinez, and others, were utilizing other mediums for painting their pottery designs. Two distinct styles evolved for later artists to reference as the movement progressed.