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Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 511

Octavio Medellin Southwestern painting, Turkey Dance, Yucatan

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Octavio Medellin (Mexican/Texas, 1907-1999) watercolor and gouache painting on paper depicting a procession of dancers in colorful costumes against a mottled red-brown background. Signed lower right and titled "The Turkey Dance/ ... of Yucatan." Housed under glass in a stained wood frame. Sight - 51" W x 19" H. Frame - 54" W x 22" H. Artist Biography: Originally from Mexico, Medellin moved to San Antonio, Texas where he attended the San Antonio School of Art and subsequently attended classes at the Chicago Art Institute. In 1929 he traveled back to Mexico to study native and primitive crafts. Medellin started the La Vallita Art Gallery in San Antonio where he taught sculpture from 1934-1937. In 1938 he became the sculptor in residence at North Texas State College in Denton, Texas for 5 years. After World War II, where his talents helped with the making of airplanes, Medellin returned to teaching this time at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts for 21 years. By 1966 he had established a sculpture studio at Mendocino Art Center at Medoncino, California and the Medellin School of Sculpture where he continued to teach classes until he retired.


The painting is executed on two sheets of paper, one about 39 1/2"W and the other about 11"W. There is some minor chipping to the edge of the larger sheet where it abuts the narrower one, along with widespread creasing and buckling to both sheets of paper. Not examined out of frame.

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