Lot 406
Don Crowley
b. 1926
The Transformation
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30 x 24 inches
Framed Dimensions: 35 x 41 x 3 inches
Signed lower right/CA
Signed/CA and titled verso
Sold For: $ 4,972.50
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Don Crowley enjoyed a successful career as a commercial artist in the East before settling in Arizona to capture that state’s indigenous peoples. In The Transformation, Crowley catches a San Carlos Apache girl contemplating The Sunrise ceremony that will initiate her into womanhood. Crowley says, “Legend has it that a young woman molded of white clay once mated with the sun. The result of that union was the original Apache tribe. Therefore, one phase of the ceremony includes the girl being splattered with white clay as she kneels in prayer to the sun to symbolize that union.” A copy of the Leanin’ Tree greeting card that features this art work will accompany this lot. This lot is illustrated in The Story of Leanin’ Tree on pages 23 & 257. A copy of the book will accompany this lot

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