"Born of Water", 1980, Signed Lithograph | by R.C. Gorman

"Born of Water", 1980, Signed Lithograph | by R.C. Gorman

$3,600.00Price

No. 123 in an edition of 150

22 1/2" x 30"

Unframed

 

Hallmarks (pictured)

  • Signed & dated in the lower left "R.C. Gorman 1980"
  • Edition number and size in lower right "123/150"
  • Workshop's Chop pressed on lower right "OP"
  • Printer's Chop pressed on lower Center-Right (not pictured)
  • Artist's Chop pressed on lower Left (not pictured)

 

This is one of my favorite works of R.C.. After 1980, I have not yet found any lithograph or serigraph that features a subject other than the women R.C. was so famous for. This representation of To' Baaschini [Born of Water], one of the Navajo Hero-Twins is the second of two works he used To' Baaschini as the subject, and the last of any of his lithographs (that I have found) that explore the theme of Navajo culture and religion in this way.

 

  • R.C. Gorman | July 27, 1931 - November 3, 2005

    Called "The Picasso of American Indian Art" by The New York Times, my uncle, R.C. Gorman, was a prolific and highly acclaimed artist.

    Born on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona to Carl Gorman and Adele Brown, R.C. had humble beginnings. He was the first to recieve a scholarship from the Navajo Nation to study internationally. He attended art school in Mexico City where he learned the art of lithography from master printer, Jose Sanchez.

     

    R.C. Moved to Taos in 1967. He had been showing his work at the Manchester Gallery and in 1968, he purchased the Manchester Gallery and turned it into the Navajo Gallery - the very first Native American owned art gallery.

     

    Over the next 4 decades R.C.'s fame and acclaim grew. In 1973 he was the only living artist to be included in the “Masterworks of the American Indian" show held at Metropolitan Museum in New York City. One of his works was selected to be the cover of the exhibit's catalog. Perhaps best known for his colorful and vibrant depictions of Native Life, particularly of Native Women, R.C.'s art pays homage to his roots. His carreer span many mediums and styles.

     

    Today, Taos celebrates R.C. legacy with an annual R.C. Gorman Days in July.