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The Taos Society of Artists
October 3, 2014 - December 4, 2014| Free - $5
Taos was New Mexico’s premier art colony and the first significant art colony in the American West. The first generation of artists who settled there were awed by the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and intrigued by the mix of Taos Pueblo Indian and Hispanic cultures. In 1915, six of them formed a group called The Taos Society of Artists whose purpose was to have strength in numbers to market their paintings in the East. The artists were Joseph Henry Sharp, Ernest Blumenschein, Bert Geer Phillips, E. Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus and W. Herbert Dunton. Over the next dozen years, the organization added more members and became one of the best known and most colorful art colonies in America. Curated by Frank Holt, Executive Director, The Mennello Museum of American Art.
W. Herbert Dunton (American, 1878-1936), “Illustration – Scene of Cowboy Life (Rodeo),” 1914, oil on canvas, 32 ¼ x 22 ¼ x 1/1/2 inches. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Oden, 1953 (1.23P)
Bert Geer Phillips (American, 1868-1956), “Indian Firelight,” oil on artist board, 11 ½ x 9 ½ inches, signed lower right: Phillips. Courtesy of Zaplin Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.