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Untitled1954Harold Austin
Harold Austin
painting Framed: 19 x 34 1/2 in. (48.3 x 87.6 cm)
Untitled1951Les Haas
Les Haas
painting Overall: 28 x 20 in. (71.1 x 50.8 cm) Framed: 34 3/4 x 26 in. (88.3 x 66 cm)
Untitled1925Edmund Backerm
Edmund Backerm
drawing 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)
Untitled1948Victor Lacks
Victor Lacks (1924-1978)
painting 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)
Untitledn.d.Barbara Latham
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
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)
Untitled1912-1999Beatrice Mandelman
Beatrice Mandelman (1912 - 1998)
Born on December 31, 1912 in Newark, New Jersey, from an early age Beatrice Mandelman was determined to be an artist. At age 12, she began taking classes at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. In the 1930s, she attended Rutgers University, the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art and the Art Students League in New York City.

http://www.mandelman-ribak.org/beatrice_mandelman/biography.php
painting Overall: 20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm) Framed: 25 x 35 in. (63.5 x 88.9 cm)
Untitledn.d.Ernesto Riccio
Ernesto Riccio
painting Overall: 17 x 19 1/2 in. (43.2 x 49.5 cm) Framed: 20 x 23 in. (50.8 x 58.4 cm)
Untitled1959Ruthling Ford
Ruthling Ford (1933)
painting 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)
Untitledn.d.Emil Bisttram (1895-1976)
Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) Hungary (Hungary)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_Bisttram
drawing 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)
Untitledc. 1950Earl Stroh
Earl Stroh United States (United States, 1924 - 2005)
Buffalo, NY
painting Overall: 9 1/2 x 12 in. (24.1 x 30.5 cm) Framed: 17 x 19 in. (43.2 x 48.3 cm)