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Taos Municipal School Historic Collection

Artist: Joseph Fleck
Title: A Road to Taos
Date: n.d.
Medium: oil
Dimensions: Overall: 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm) Framed: 30 x 35 in. (76.2 x 88.9 cm)
Joseph Fleck (1892-1977)
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Joseph Fleck
Artist: Gene Kloss
Title: Acoma
Date: 1934
Medium: print
Dimensions: Overall: 13 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (35.2 x 24.8 cm) Framed: 23 1/8 x 18 3/8 in. (58.7 x 46.7 cm)
Gene Kloss (1903-1996)
1934
Gene Kloss
Title: Ait No Criche
Date: n.d.
Medium: oil
Dimensions: Overall: 11 1/2 x 17 7/8 in. (29.2 x 45.4 cm) Framed: 15 1/4 x 21 3/4 in. (38.7 x 55.2 cm)
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Artist: Gene Kloss
Title: All Saint's Day Mass-Taos
Date: 1934
Medium: print
Dimensions: Overall: 10 3/8 x 14 1/4 in. (26.4 x 36.2 cm) Framed: 19 x 22 3/8 in. (48.3 x 56.8 cm)
Gene Kloss (1903-1996)
1934
Gene Kloss
Artist: Joseph Henry Sharp
Title: Amole
Date: n.d.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: 38 5/8 x 42 1/2 in. (98.1 x 108 cm)
Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953)
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Joseph Henry Sharp
Artist: John Ward Lockwood
Title: Autumn in Talpa
Date: n.d.
Medium: oil
Dimensions: Overall: 16 x 25 in. (40.6 x 63.5 cm) Framed: 20 1/2 x 29 7/8 in. (52.1 x 75.9 cm)
John Ward Lockwood (1894-1963)
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John Ward Lockwood
Artist: William Rowe
Title: Batroom Fantasy
Date: n.d.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 38 x 15 in. (96.5 x 38.1 cm) Framed: 40 3/4 x 38 in. (103.5 x 96.5 cm)
William Rowe (1910 - 1955)
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William Rowe
Artist: Ada E. "Buff" Haney
Title: Blossoms and Trees
Date: 1950
Medium: oil
Dimensions: Overall: 19 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (49.5 x 59.7 cm) Framed: 23 1/2 x 27 3/4 in. (59.7 x 70.5 cm)
Ada E. "Buff" Haney (1916-2003)
1950
Ada E. "Buff" Haney
Artist: Helen Greene Blumenschein
Title: Boulder Dam
Date: 1940
Medium: lithograph
Dimensions: Framed: 17 3/4 x 13 in. (45.1 x 33 cm)
Helen Greene Blumenschein 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

1940
Helen Greene Blumenschein
Artist: Etienne Ret
Title: Bretagne Fischer Women
Date: n.d.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 44 x 45 3/4 in. (111.8 x 116.2 cm) Framed: 45 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (115.6 x 120.7 cm)
Etienne Ret (1900-1996)
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Etienne Ret
Artist: Gene Kloss
Title: Christmas Eve Taos Pueblo
Date: 1934
Medium: print
Dimensions: Overall: 11 3/4 x 14 3/8 in. (29.8 x 36.5 cm) Framed: 20 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (51.4 x 56.5 cm)
Gene Kloss (1903-1996)
1934
Gene Kloss
Artist: Emil Bisttram
Title: Church of San Francisco de Asis
Date: n.d.
Medium: watercolor on paper
Dimensions: Framed: 27 x 32 in. (68.6 x 81.3 cm)
Emil Bisttram Hungary, United States (1895-1976)
Emil Bisttram was born in Hungary, near the Romanian border, in 1895. When he was 11 years old, his family immigrated to New York City. Emil grew up in the tenement buildings that had become the destination for so many Eastern European immigrant families. He was a talented artist, and after a few years began his schooling at the National Academy of Art and Design, then Cooper Union, Parsons, and The Art Student's League. Most of his studies were completed through night courses, as he was working as a commercial artist to support himself. His eagerness to study would translate to a love of and great skill for teaching. He began teaching soon after completing school, first at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts, and then at the Master Institute of the Roerich Museum.

Bisttram first visited Taos during the summer of 1930. He went initially to escape the hardship of life in New York following the stock market crash. He returned to New York and the following year won a Guggenheim Fellowship to study mural painting. The fellowship enabled Bisttram to travel to Mexico where he studied mural painting with the world famous muralist Diego Rivera. Numerous mural commissions were to follow throughout his career, including murals for the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., The Taos County Courthouse, New Mexico, and the Federal Courthouse in Roswell, New Mexico.

After finishing his studying with Rivera, Bisttram returned immediately to Taos where he founded the Taos School of Art and remained its director for the rest of his life. Bisttram came to be much admired as a teacher. He was an extremely articulate individual, and was as skilled at explaining concepts of composition, drawing and painting as he was at applying those concepts to his own paintings. The school was very well attended, particularly during the summer months. Further demonstrating his skills as an administrator, the following year Bisttram started the first commercial art gallery in Taos, the Heptagon Gallery.

Bisttram first came to Taos as a representational painter. His canvases show stylized renderings of Native American dancers, portraits of natives and Mexicans, as well as depictions of local architecture. He soon began to experiment with non-objective forms in his paintings. He became heavily influenced by the work and philosophy of the painter Wassily Kandinsky. In 1938 Bisttram, along with Raymond Johnson and several other painters, founded the Transcendental Painting Group in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The aim of the group was to work to bring painting beyond the appearance of the physical world. Bisttram continued to be extremely active in the artistic growth of New Mexico for the rest of his life. In 1952 he co-founded the Taos Art Association. In 1959, a retrospective of Bisttam's work was held at the Harwood Art Museum in Taos. As a final honor, and tribute to one who done so much for the artistic community and the identity of New Mexico as a whole, in 1975 April 7th was declared "Emil Bisttram Day," a New Mexico state holiday. The next year, 1976, Emil Bisttram died at the age of 81. https://dwigmore.com/bisttram.html
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Emil Bisttram