Brown's fascination with the American Southwest is well known and reflected in numerous works, but a few lines of inquiry extended further into Mexico, as is the case with this fascinating late-1970s painting. Dzibilchaltún is is a Maya archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatán, approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of state capital Mérida. The site has been continuously occupied for thousands of years, and coincidentally is only a few miles south of the location of the impact site of the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs. The most famous structure is the Temple of the Seven Dolls, so named because of seven small effigies found at the site when the temple was discovered under the ruins of a later temple pyramid by archaeologists in the 1950s. The stepped pyramid temple is seen towards the top of the painting, nestled among harshly rendered rocky hills; not far, a more Western-style church speaks to the history of colonial occupation in the region, as Yucatán was one of the earliest sites of European conquest in central America. The last element, a body of water with a swimmer, speaks to Brown's incredible specificity and careful research: This is almost certainly meant to be Cenote Xlakah, a freshwater sinkhole that was central to the Indigenous peoples' lives, and a popular modern attraction to this day.
Artist Studio Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York; July 26, 1977 Collection of Robert A. Lewis