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Don Crowley b. 1926 American

Lot 9

The Dressing Tent

Oil on canvas

48" x 60"

Signed © Don Crowley, lower right

$35,000 - $50,000

Exhibited: March – May, 1997 “The Tucson Seven” at the Tucson Museum of Art in the Jack Goodman Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.


Literature: March 27, 1997, review with painting illustrated; Tucson Citizen by Kathleen Allen


Don Crowley’s realistic paintings of American Indians are photographic in their execution and detail. Only a close examination would tell you it’s the human hand and not a camera.  The Dressing Tent depicts three women in colorful traditional dress putting on face paint.  Without the aluminum lawn chairs, it could be a scene from the 1800s.  The detail, the lack of brush strokes, and the astounding realism from the fringe in the blankets to the women’s faces captivate the eye.