I never cease to be amazed at the ability of the internet to suddenly draw connections between people. Yesterday I posted examples of my grandfather's marginal drawings from a letter dated 1962. And that night I received an email with a photograph of a painting made by Pierre Ménager in 1962. It was commissioned by the letter writer's mother to commemorate the Shalako Ceremony at Zuni Pueblo on the Arizona-New Mexico border that year. Photographs of the ceremony were not allowed but Pierre was permitted to make drawings of the event. (As it turns out, I have been discovering that my grandfather had very close contacts to many of the Indian communities throughout the Southwest)
If you take a close look at the little drawings below, you can see they are studies for a number of the figures in the painting. Man...how cool is that? I can't thank the family that emailed me enough for taking the time to share the photo with me.
So...anybody else out there have a Pierre Ménager work of art? One of his sculptures? I desperately hope to find one of his many Madonnas or his robust Indian dancers.