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Dorothy Eugenie Brett, Christmas Eve at Taos Pueblo

A bright blue background and the bright yellow color of the church building signify the bright colors so loved by artists when they come to New Mexico with all its light. In the foreground of the painting fires burn on either side, filling the bottom half of the painting on either side with a deep purple smoke. A group of faceless people occupy the center of the painting surrounding and supporting the platform of a figure in white.. The white figure is also the only one to have details of a face as will as additions of adornment like her sash, bringing your full attention to the woman dressed in white. - Maranda Nieman

Dorothy Eugenie Brett
Dorothy Eugénie Brett was a British painter, remembered as much for her social life as for her art. Born into an aristocratic British family, she lived a sheltered early life. During her student years at the Slade School of Art, she associated with the Bloomsbury group. Among the people she met was novelist D. H. Lawrence, and it was at his invitation that she moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1924. She remained there for the rest of her life, becoming an American citizen in 1938.

Her work can be found in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., in the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Harwood Museum of Art, both in Taos, at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico and in many private collections.

Christmas Eve at Taos Pueblo, 1961
Oil on canvas
Framed: 49 3/4 × 41 1/2 × 3 in. (126.4 × 105.4 × 7.6 cm)
Gift of John Manchester