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Small works on paper often do well in an intimate setting such as the Harwood's gallery for Prints, Drawings and Photographs where the Museum presents changing exhibitions from the permanent collection as well as exhibitions of work on loan.

Drawing and printmaking have had a long and distinguished history in the Taos community. The Museum collection includes important examples by some of the earlier artists including Howard Cook, Joseph Imhof, who brought the first lithography press to Taos, Gene Kloss, Nicolai Fechin, and Walter Ufer.

The post World War II period of the Taos Moderns is represented by the works of Tom Benrimo, Andrew Dasburg, Earl Stroh, and Louis Ribak, while drawings and prints by Larry Calcagno, R.C. Ellis, Ken Price, Joe Waldrum, Vija Celmins, Wes Mills, and Bill Gersh document the work of more recent artists.

TitleDateArtistClassificationSorted AscendingDimensions
Untitled (portrait of a girl)1930sNicolai Fechin
Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955)
portraits1930sNicolai Fechin
Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955)
Mesa Verden.d.Thomas Benrimo
Thomas Benrimo United States (1887-1958)
Born and coming from a noted show business family, Thomas Daniel "Duncan" Benrimo showed early talent as an artist-illustrator. In April 1906, The San Francisco Earthquake destroyed most of his early art work and displaced most of his family. Arriving in New York, he was joined by his Elder Brother, Actor-Performer, Joseph Harry Benrimo, and worked at stage-set desiging. Later, he settled back as an artist-illustrator. As an Illustrator for Fortune, Scribner's and Harper's, Benrimer also taught at Pratt Institute. After relocating to Taos, Benrimer was included in group and solo exhibitions in New York and San Francisco. His work is held by museums including the Denver Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art and Fort Worth Art Museum.
drawing 10 × 12 in. (25.4 × 30.5 cm)
North Pueblo at Taos1925Edward S. Curtis
Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)
Dates in Taos: 1925
photography 11 3/8" H x 15 1/2 " W
Untitledc. 1990Marsha Skinner
Marsha Skinner (b.1944)
painting 13 1/4 × 13 1/4 in. (33.7 × 33.7 cm)
Theatre of Shadows (from Recuerdos)2000 (printed 2001)William Davis
William Davis
photography 13 3/8" H x 17 3/4" W
Untitled [buildings]1966Andrew Dasburg
Andrew Dasburg (1887-1979)
drawing 16 × 26 in. (40.6 × 66 cm)
Reclining Figure1968Cliff Franklin Harmon
Cliff Franklin Harmon (b.1923)
drawing 16 x 26 in. (40.7 x 66 cm) image: 14 × 23 1/2 in. (35.6 × 59.7 cm)
Frank Waters1947Helen Greene Blumenschein
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.

drawing 19 7/8 x 14 15/16 in. (50.5 x 38 cm) Framed: 20 1/2 × 15 1/2 × 3/4 in. (52.1 × 39.4 × 1.9 cm)
Untitled [buildings and trees on the road to Ranchos]1966Andrew Dasburg
Andrew Dasburg (1887-1979)
drawing 23 × 29 3/4 in. (58.4 × 75.6 cm)