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By 1912, Blumenschein, Oscar E. Berninghaus, E. Irving Couse, W. Herbert 'Buck' Dunton, and Joseph Sharp had arrived in Taos. These five plus Phillips shared a strong attraction to Taos and formalized their relationship by creating the Taos Society of Artists, which existed from 1915 to 1927. The Society sent traveling shows of its Members' works throughout the country. The images they created, frequently of American Indians in traditional garb, northern New Mexico Hispanos and old-timer Anglo-Americans, as well as landscapes, came to define the first decades of the art colony.


Sorted AscendingTitleDateArtistClassificationDimensions
Indian Interior1921Burt Harwood
Burt Harwood (1857-1922)
painting Overall: 32 1/16 x 39 15/16 in. (81.5 x 101.5 cm)
Katchinas1921Burt Harwood
Burt Harwood (1857-1922)
painting Overall: 20 11/16 x 14 9/16 in. (52.5 x 37 cm)
Muchachoc. 1930Kenneth Adams
Kenneth Adams United States (1897-1966)
Kenneth Miller Adams was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1897. Studying with G.M. Stone in Topeka, Adams went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York before traveling to Italy and France for further instruction. He summered in Woodstock, NY with Andrew Dasburg, painting the landscape and developing his skills as a modernist. In 1924 Adams moved to Taos to be with Dasburg and Walter Ufer. He would be the last and youngest member of the Taos Society of Artists, and perhaps the most dedicated modernist of them all. He was also one of the most emotionally connected to the Taos Indians, teaching at the University of New Mexico, Taos. In 1938 He moved to Albuquerque during the winters, where he worked on nudes, portraits and still life, returning to Taos in the summer to focus on Indian subjects. He taught at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, as well, eventually earning a tenured professorship and a membership to the National Academy of Design. He died in 1966.

painting 20 1/16 x 16 1/16 in. (51 x 40.8 cm) Framed: 26 × 22 × 1 1/2 in. (66 × 55.9 × 3.8 cm)
Portrait of Mabel Dodge Luhanc. 1930John Young-Hunter
John Young-Hunter (1874-1955)
painting Overall: 36 x 26 in. (91.5 x 66 cm) frame: 46 x 36 in. (116.8 x 91.4 cm)
San Felipe Indian1922Burt Harwood
Burt Harwood (1857-1922)
painting Overall: 14 x 9 7/16 in. (35.5 x 24 cm)
San Francisco Peaksc.1920E. Martin Hennings
E. Martin Hennings (1886-1956)
painting Overall: 20 1/16 x 20 1/16 in. (51 x 51 cm) frame: 25 3/8 x 25 3/8 in. (64.5 x 64.5 cm)
San-Felipe Girl1922Burt Harwood
Burt Harwood (1857-1922)
painting Overall: 12 3/16 x 9 1/16 in. (31 x 23 cm)
Santiago, the War Chiefc.1930Oscar E. Berninghaus
Oscar E. Berninghaus United States (1874-1952)
Born in 1874 in St. Louis, "The Gateway to the West," Berninghaus would not have been a likely candidate for laureate of an important American art movement. At 16, he began working in a printing house in St. Louis, where he learned the technical skills required to make lithographs and engravings. At the same time he was working there, he was also attending night classes at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, trying to improve his own artistic skills to a level where he could produce rather than process the commercial work handled in the printing shop. The School of Fine Arts led to the more prestigious Washington University in St. Louis and, in 1899, Berninghaus received his first major commission, a series of pieces for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad's travel literature for New Mexico and Colorado.
painting Overall: 30 x 34 1/16 in. (76.2 x 86.5 cm)
Taos Landscapec.1905-1920Ralph Meyers
Ralph Meyers (1885-1948)
painting Overall: 11 x 14 in. (28 x 35.6 cm)
Taos Puebloc. 1920Joseph Henry Sharp
Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953)
painting Overall: 11 x 14 15/16 in. (28 x 38 cm)