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Taos Municipal School Historic Collection

Artist: Lesley Brown
Title: Under Dark Trees Swiftly
Date: 1946
Medium: watercolor
Dimensions: Overall: 14 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (36.8 x 49.5 cm) Framed: 24 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. (61.6 x 73 cm)
Lesley Brown
1946
Lesley Brown
Artist: Emil Bisttram (1895-1976)
Title: Untitled
Date: 1933
Medium: watercolor
Dimensions: Overall: 22 3/4 x 16 3/4 in. (57.8 x 42.5 cm) Framed: 35 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (90.2 x 64.8 cm)
Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) Hungary (Hungary, 1895 - 1976)
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1933
Emil Bisttram (1895-1976)
Artist: Kimbal Blood
Title: Untitled
Date: n.d.
Medium: gouache
Dimensions: Overall: 13 x 17 1/4 in. (33 x 43.8 cm) Framed: 20 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (52.7 x 62.9 cm)
Kimbal Blood
n.d.
Kimbal Blood
Artist: Helen Greene Blumenschein
Title: Untitled
Date: 1952
Medium: oil
Dimensions: Overall: 15 x 22 1/4 in. (38.1 x 56.5 cm) Framed: 19 1/2 x 26 3/4 in. (49.5 x 67.9 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

1952
Helen Greene Blumenschein
Artist: Butnik Samuel
Title: Untitled
Date: 1948
Medium: watercolor
Dimensions: Overall: 13 5/8 x 19 1/2 in. (34.6 x 49.5 cm) Framed: 23 x 28 1/4 in. (58.4 x 71.8 cm)
Butnik Samuel (1920-2004)
1948
Butnik Samuel
Artist: Mabel Degan
Title: Untitled
Date: 1930
Medium: oil
Dimensions: Overall: 32 x 21 1/2 in. (81.3 x 54.6 cm) Framed: 36 7/8 x 26 1/2 in. (93.7 x 67.3 cm)
Mabel Degan (d. 1954)
1930
Mabel Degan
Artist: Harold Austin
Title: Untitled
Date: 1954
Medium: gouche on brown paper
Dimensions: Framed: 19 x 34 1/2 in. (48.3 x 87.6 cm)
Harold Austin
1954
Harold Austin
Artist: Les Haas
Title: Untitled
Date: 1951
Medium: oil
Dimensions: Overall: 28 x 20 in. (71.1 x 50.8 cm) Framed: 34 3/4 x 26 in. (88.3 x 66 cm)
Les Haas
1951
Les Haas
Artist: Edmund Backerm
Title: Untitled
Date: 1925
Medium: pastel
Dimensions: Overall: 23 1/8 x 18 1/4 in. (58.7 x 46.4 cm) Framed: 30 1/2 x 27 3/4 in. (77.5 x 70.5 cm)
Edmund Backerm
1925
Edmund Backerm
Artist: Victor Lacks
Title: Untitled
Date: 1948
Medium: oil
Dimensions: Overall: 21 1/2 x 29 1/4 in. (54.6 x 74.3 cm) Framed: 28 x 36 in. (71.1 x 91.4 cm)
Victor Lacks (1924-1978)
1948
Victor Lacks
Artist: Barbara Latham
Title: Untitled
Date: n.d.
Medium: watercolor
Dimensions: Overall: 14 1/8 x 19 7/8 in. (35.9 x 50.5 cm) Framed: 22 x 27 1/2 in. (55.9 x 69.9 cm)
Barbara Latham United States (United States, 1889 - 1989)
“I had lived under the brilliant western sky all summer, but I had never experienced such brilliance, contrasted with such fragrant desert. … I loved Taos from the moment I stepped off the train.” "I’ve been very happy here." "And I’m still having fun with my art."

Known as an accomplished painter, printmaker, and children’s book illustrator, Barbara Latham had idea of her life’s creative trajectory from an early age. At eight years old Barbara Latham won a scholarship to attend a weekend drawing class, and it sparked the young girl’s innate love of art. Shortly after high school, Latham began her more serious artistic studies at the Norwich Academy and Pratt Institute in New York City, as well as summer workshops with Anderw Dasburg at the Students League Summer School in Woodstock, New York. After a corporate stint on Madison Avenue making greeting cards, Latham relocated to the art colony of Taos, New Mexico.

It was in Taos that Latham would meet her eventual husband and fellow artist, Howard Cook. The two were introduced through Victor Higgins, and enjoyed a nurturing partnership spanning more than fifty years. The two traveled extensively through South America, Mexico, and Europe, largely the result of Cook’s Guggenheim Fellowship awards in 1932, and again in 1934. It was from these new, exotic vistas that the couple gathered unfamiliar subject matter and expanded their techniques. Much of what went into Latham’s first children’s book, “Pedro, Nina, and Perrito,” was cultivated during these travels.

In 1938, Latham and her husband purchased a home in Talpa, New Mexico. It was to become the base for a prolific artistic output, featuring everything from playful community scenes to wildlife, and landscapes in her signature stop-action style. Some of Latham’s most notable works include: “View from Our House in Talpa,” “Decoration Day,” “Tourist Town, Taos,” “Getting Ready for the Rabbit Hunt,” and “Rio Grande in the Spring.”

In 1967 the couple lived seasonally in Roswell, New Mexico, after Cook was awarded with the first artist-in-residence at the newly conceived Roswell Museum. By 1976, Howard Cook’s health was failing to the point where the couple relocated once more to a retirement home in Santa Fe. After her husband’s passing in 1980, Latham continued to travel and paint until her own passing in 1989.

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Barbara Latham