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Small works on paper often do well in an intimate setting such as the Harwood's gallery for Prints, Drawings and Photographs where the Museum presents changing exhibitions from the permanent collection as well as exhibitions of work on loan.

Drawing and printmaking have had a long and distinguished history in the Taos community. The Museum collection includes important examples by some of the earlier artists including Howard Cook, Joseph Imhof, who brought the first lithography press to Taos, Gene Kloss, Nicolai Fechin, and Walter Ufer.

The post World War II period of the Taos Moderns is represented by the works of Tom Benrimo, Andrew Dasburg, Earl Stroh, and Louis Ribak, while drawings and prints by Larry Calcagno, R.C. Ellis, Ken Price, Joe Waldrum, Vija Celmins, Wes Mills, and Bill Gersh document the work of more recent artists.

Artist: Joseph Imhof
Title: Fr. Junipero Serra
Date: 1933
Medium: print photo-litho reproduction
Dimensions: Overall: 23 5/8 x 16 15/16 in. (60 x 43 cm)
Joseph Imhof United States (1871 - 1955)
Joseph Imhoff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1871. His first exposure to art was at age six when his godfather gifted him with a box of watercolors. Upon graduation, his father refused him further education unless he became a priest. Rejecting his father's wishes, he started teaching himself lithography and was hired by Currier & Ives. He eventually earned enough money from this job to buy a bookstore. In 1991 he eventually quit his job and sold the bookstore to pursue a formal art education in Europe. Traveling and painting for four years in Paris, Brussels, Antwerp and Munich he apprenticed with several artists.

But perhaps the most important experience he had in Europe was to meet Buffalo Bill Cody on board the ship and join him in Antwerp to spend time sketching and painting various members of the "Wild West Show". This experience set in place a style of painting for the rest of his life which focused on ethnographic and anthropological data rather than artistic expression. He documented the religious ceremonies of Pueblo Indians in large, rather simplified oils. He also learned new techniques for lithography which had a long-term influence on his artwork.

When he returned to New York, he rented a studio in Flatbush and began to study the Iroquois Indians in New York and Canada. He spent the next ten years painting and improving his lithography, photography and color printing innovations - which financed his early painting career. He also freelanced for Allen and Ginter, painting his Indian Head Series for insertion on cards in boxes of cigarettes.

In 1897 Joseph married Sarah Ann Elizabeth Russell, and they traveled to Europe several times until 1905 when they visited the Southwest for the first time to record the ceremonies of the Pueblo Indians. Joseph and built a studio in Albuquerque in 1906, and spent much time in the next few years traveling around the region.

In 1929 Joseph and Sarah moved to Taos permanently and built their new home facing the sacred mountain behind the Taos Pueblo. Their neighbor for some twenty years, Mabel Dodge Lujan, was known to refer to him as, "The Grand Old Man of the Pueblos". He would ask native models to live in his home for a time before he painted them. He felt he needed to know the person's soul that the eyes revealed in order to paint an accurate likeness. He collected many Indian artifacts and also had the first lithography press in Taos, which he used to make ethnographic prints and teach his techniques of recording the region's history. His series of paintings called Kivas and Corn which he gifted to the University of New Mexico was his most famous work. The Koshare Indian Museum also houses one of the largest collections of his paintings.

Joseph Imhof died in 1955 leaving an important legacy of the American Southwest. His wife Sarah in later years said of her husband, "...a gentle, dignified man who loathed the publicity and the limelight that other artists seemed to seek; he avoided publicity at all times..."

http://www.josephimhoffpaintings.com/
1933
Joseph Imhof
Artist: Helen Greene Blumenschein
Title: Frank Waters
Date: 1947
Medium: drawing conte
Dimensions: 19 7/8 x 14 15/16 in. (50.5 x 38 cm) Framed: 20 1/2 × 15 1/2 × 3/4 in. (52.1 × 39.4 × 1.9 cm)
Helen Greene Blumenschein United States (United States, 1909 - 1989)
Helen Blumenschein was the daughter of nationally famed parents, Ernest and Mary Blumenschein. In 1919 at the age of ten she was brought by her parents from New York to New Mexico, destined with them to pioneer the arts and crafts movement of Taos. Miss Blumenschein stressed that her development as an artist was devoid of parental influence other than the strong family creative atmosphere.

A lifetime deep interest in people, ecology and archaeology is evident in Miss Blumenschein’s dominant work subjects, which depict the mountainous southwest in which she lived most of her life. Her schooling included Taos Schools, The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York; two years study in Paris and printmaking work at the Art Student League in New York City from 1932-36.

She exhibited prints nationally and abroad from 1936-1945 and has had prints purchased by the Carnegie in 1951, New York CityPublic Library, and the New Jersey Library. Some of her selected one-person shows of portraits include Oklahoma City ArtCenter and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

From her arrival in Taos as a small child, driven from the railroad at Raton on the Colorado border by her father, who barely made it over the steep pass, Blumenschein’s work is vital in scope and history.

http://www.parsonsart.com/home/helen-g-blumenschein

1947
Helen Greene Blumenschein
Artist: Helen Greene Blumenschein
Title: Frieda Lawrence
Date: 1947
Medium: drawing pastel
Dimensions: Overall: 20 1/16 x 14 15/16 in. (51 x 38 cm) frame: 20 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (51.4 x 39.1 cm)
Helen Greene Blumenschein United States (United States, 1909 - 1989)
Helen Blumenschein was the daughter of nationally famed parents, Ernest and Mary Blumenschein. In 1919 at the age of ten she was brought by her parents from New York to New Mexico, destined with them to pioneer the arts and crafts movement of Taos. Miss Blumenschein stressed that her development as an artist was devoid of parental influence other than the strong family creative atmosphere.

A lifetime deep interest in people, ecology and archaeology is evident in Miss Blumenschein’s dominant work subjects, which depict the mountainous southwest in which she lived most of her life. Her schooling included Taos Schools, The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York; two years study in Paris and printmaking work at the Art Student League in New York City from 1932-36.

She exhibited prints nationally and abroad from 1936-1945 and has had prints purchased by the Carnegie in 1951, New York CityPublic Library, and the New Jersey Library. Some of her selected one-person shows of portraits include Oklahoma City ArtCenter and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

From her arrival in Taos as a small child, driven from the railroad at Raton on the Colorado border by her father, who barely made it over the steep pass, Blumenschein’s work is vital in scope and history.

http://www.parsonsart.com/home/helen-g-blumenschein

1947
Helen Greene Blumenschein
Artist: Barbara P. VanCleve
Title: Gathering The Trap
Date: 1988
Medium: photograph
Dimensions: Overall: 19 x 28 5/16 in. (48.3 x 71.9 cm) Framed: 28 1/4 x 38 3/16 x 1 in. (71.8 x 97 x 2.5 cm)
Barbara P. VanCleve
1988
Barbara P. VanCleve
Artist: David Michael Kennedy
Title: Heyoka Lakota Nation
Date: 1998
Medium: photo palladium print
Dimensions: Overall: 25 5/8 in. x 22 in.
David Michael Kennedy
1998
David Michael Kennedy
Artist: Alex Harris
Title: Hong Kong Lounge, Las Vegas, New Mexico, looking North from Richard Lucero;s 1972 Buick Centurion, n.d. 22" x 27"
Date: 1987
Medium: photo color photo
Dimensions: Overall: 8 11/16 x 10 5/8 in. (22 x 27 cm)
Alex Harris
1987
Alex Harris
Artist: Earl Stroh
Title: Horizontals
Date: c.1965
Medium: ink on paper
Dimensions: sight: 17 x 22 5/8 in. (43.2 x 57.5 cm) frame: 23 3/4 x 29 3/8 in. (60.3 x 74.6 cm)
Earl Stroh United States (United States, 1924 - 2005)
Buffalo, NY
c.1965
Earl Stroh
Artist: Joseph Imhof
Title: Indian man w/ Squash Blossom
Date: c. 1930
Medium: print lithograph
Dimensions: Overall: 16 15/16 x 13 7/8 in. (43.1 x 35.2 cm)
Joseph Imhof United States (1871 - 1955)
Joseph Imhoff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1871. His first exposure to art was at age six when his godfather gifted him with a box of watercolors. Upon graduation, his father refused him further education unless he became a priest. Rejecting his father's wishes, he started teaching himself lithography and was hired by Currier & Ives. He eventually earned enough money from this job to buy a bookstore. In 1991 he eventually quit his job and sold the bookstore to pursue a formal art education in Europe. Traveling and painting for four years in Paris, Brussels, Antwerp and Munich he apprenticed with several artists.

But perhaps the most important experience he had in Europe was to meet Buffalo Bill Cody on board the ship and join him in Antwerp to spend time sketching and painting various members of the "Wild West Show". This experience set in place a style of painting for the rest of his life which focused on ethnographic and anthropological data rather than artistic expression. He documented the religious ceremonies of Pueblo Indians in large, rather simplified oils. He also learned new techniques for lithography which had a long-term influence on his artwork.

When he returned to New York, he rented a studio in Flatbush and began to study the Iroquois Indians in New York and Canada. He spent the next ten years painting and improving his lithography, photography and color printing innovations - which financed his early painting career. He also freelanced for Allen and Ginter, painting his Indian Head Series for insertion on cards in boxes of cigarettes.

In 1897 Joseph married Sarah Ann Elizabeth Russell, and they traveled to Europe several times until 1905 when they visited the Southwest for the first time to record the ceremonies of the Pueblo Indians. Joseph and built a studio in Albuquerque in 1906, and spent much time in the next few years traveling around the region.

In 1929 Joseph and Sarah moved to Taos permanently and built their new home facing the sacred mountain behind the Taos Pueblo. Their neighbor for some twenty years, Mabel Dodge Lujan, was known to refer to him as, "The Grand Old Man of the Pueblos". He would ask native models to live in his home for a time before he painted them. He felt he needed to know the person's soul that the eyes revealed in order to paint an accurate likeness. He collected many Indian artifacts and also had the first lithography press in Taos, which he used to make ethnographic prints and teach his techniques of recording the region's history. His series of paintings called Kivas and Corn which he gifted to the University of New Mexico was his most famous work. The Koshare Indian Museum also houses one of the largest collections of his paintings.

Joseph Imhof died in 1955 leaving an important legacy of the American Southwest. His wife Sarah in later years said of her husband, "...a gentle, dignified man who loathed the publicity and the limelight that other artists seemed to seek; he avoided publicity at all times..."

http://www.josephimhoffpaintings.com/
c. 1930
Joseph Imhof
Artist: Fritz Scholder
Title: Indian on Galloping Horse, After Remington
Date: 1976
Medium: print lithograph
Dimensions: Overall: 30 1/8 x 22 1/2 in. (76.5 x 57.2 cm)
Fritz Scholder (1937 - 2005)
1976
Fritz Scholder
Artist: Fritz Scholder
Title: Indian With Pigeon
Date: 1975
Medium: print lithograph
Dimensions: Overall: 22 1/16 x 30 5/16 in. (56 x 77 cm)
Fritz Scholder (1937 - 2005)
1975
Fritz Scholder
Artist: Harold Joe Waldrum
Title: La Sombra de la campana de la morada de los cuatro en Abiquiu
Date: 1983-1985
Medium: print aquatint
Dimensions: Overall: 20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Harold Joe Waldrum (1934-2003)
1983-1985
Harold Joe Waldrum