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[Santa Fe Railroad]. Perceval, Don
Hopiland [caption title]
[N.p., 1946. Very good.. Poster, 18 x 24 inches. Minor wear, a few minor chips and tears at edges. A handsome poster advertising travel on the Santa Fe Railroad, painted in the bold teals and earth tones associated with the Southwest. The poster features a Hopi dancer performing the Buffalo Dance. He fills almost the entirety of the image, with a crowd of people gathered around the pueblo in the far background. The poster was designed by Don Perceval, who did several such works for the railroad. Born in Britain, Perceval (1908-1979), whose mother was also an artist, moved to Los Angeles as a child and became enamored of the Southwest. He specialized in images of Hopi and Navajo Indians, a subject he began sketching in the 1920s. That knowledge and interest is certainly applied here in the inclusion of culturally correct costuming for the event. In addition to his art, he also did commercial work for the Santa Fe Railroad, such as the present piece, bringing his vibrant style to the company's advertising.
Antiquar: McBride Rare Books [United States]
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