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Walter A. Bailey, Untitled (Taos street scene)

In this traditional, impressionistic representation of a Taos winter street scene, adobe dwellings are staggered diagonally on the left, and banked by snow and a dirt lane. The New Mexico foothills are held in deep blue, atmospheric shadows in the background. Cottonwoods, with remaining leaves of autumn, sit behind the structures. Subtle tonal contasts achieve a modernist impression.

Walter A. Bailey
Editor and Art Director of the Kansas City Times from 1917 to 1927 and then a studio and newspaper artist in California, Walter Bailey was born in Wallula, Kansas. He also became a noted muralist and landscape painter. Two of his murals are at the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, four murals are in the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, and another in East High School, Kansas City.
Untitled (Taos street scene), 1920
Oil on canvas
27 × 31 in. (68.6 × 78.7 cm)
Anonymous Gift