two large mountains in warm oranges and purples with small valley in central part of painting; two small riders on horseback in middle ground toward the left; blue sky with white clouds; back stretcher has writing and back has two labels

Canyon Portal, c. 1935

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The Julia B. Bigelow Fundexpand_more  2006.84

Payne loved to paint the dramatic landscapes of the southwestern United States. One of his favorite locations was Canyon de Chelly, an 18-mile-long desert canyon in northeastern Arizona. Canyon Portal shows the massive red sandstone cliffs marking the entrance—striking rock formations that surely looked exotic to viewers from the eastern United States and Europe. Overwhelmed by this powerful landscape, two small figures on horseback make humans seem insignificant.

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Title
Canyon Portal
Artist Life
1883 - 1947
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2006.84
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two large mountains in warm oranges and purples with small valley in central part of painting; two small riders on horseback in middle ground toward the left; blue sky with white clouds; back stretcher has writing and back has two labels