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Taos Municipal School Historic Collection

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.

https://sites.google.com/site/parsonsartists/home/barbara-latham
n.d.
Barbara Latham
Artist: Ernesto Riccio
Title: Untitled
Date: n.d.
Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions: Overall: 17 x 19 1/2 in. (43.2 x 49.5 cm) Framed: 20 x 23 in. (50.8 x 58.4 cm)
Ernesto Riccio
n.d.
Ernesto Riccio
Artist: Ruthling Ford
Title: Untitled
Date: 1959
Medium: watercolor
Dimensions: Overall: 14 x 18 1/4 in. (35.6 x 46.4 cm) Framed: 20 1/4 x 26 in. (51.4 x 66 cm)
Ruthling Ford (1933)
1959
Ruthling Ford
Artist: Emil Bisttram (1895-1976)
Title: Untitled
Date: n.d.
Medium: pastel on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 12 3/4 x 15 1/2 in. (32.4 x 39.4 cm) Framed: 20 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (51.4 x 56.5 cm)
Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) Hungary (Hungary)
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n.d.
Emil Bisttram (1895-1976)
Artist: Earl Stroh
Title: Untitled
Date: c. 1950
Medium: watercolor, pen and ink on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 9 1/2 x 12 in. (24.1 x 30.5 cm) Framed: 17 x 19 in. (43.2 x 48.3 cm)
Earl Stroh United States (United States, 1924 - 2005)
Buffalo, NY
c. 1950
Earl Stroh
Artist: Romeo V. Tabuena
Title: Untitled
Date: n.d.
Medium: oil on pressboard
Dimensions: Overall: 28 x 44 in. (71.1 x 111.8 cm) Framed: 29 1/4 x 45 in. (74.3 x 114.3 cm)
Romeo V. Tabuena (1921)
n.d.
Romeo V. Tabuena
Artist: Gail Trowbridge
Title: Untitled
Date: 1944
Medium: watercolor on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 20 1/4 x 27 1/4 in. (51.4 x 69.2 cm) Framed: 28 3/4 x 34 3/4 in. (73 x 88.3 cm)
Gail Trowbridge (1900)
1944
Gail Trowbridge
Artist: Cady Wells
Title: Untitled
Date: 1935
Medium: watercolor on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 14 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (36.8 x 51.4 cm) Framed: 23 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. (59.1 x 73 cm)
Cady Wells (1904 - 1954)
1935
Cady Wells
Artist: Earl Stroh
Title: Untitled Penitente
Date: 1948
Medium: crayon on paper on board
Dimensions: Overall: 14 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (36.8 x 29.2 cm) Framed: 17 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. (44.5 x 37.5 cm)
Earl Stroh United States (United States, 1924 - 2005)
Buffalo, NY
1948
Earl Stroh