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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.

Sorted DescendingTitleDateArtistClassificationDimensions
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)
Untitled [abstracted drawing]1957Thomas 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 23 1/4 × 26 1/2 in. (59.1 × 67.3 cm)
Untitled (Winter Plains)1959Andrew Dasburg
Andrew Dasburg (1887-1979)
drawing Overall: 16 15/16 x 21 5/8 in. (43 x 55 cm)
Untitled (seated Mexican)n.d.Howard Cook
Howard Cook United States (1901 - 1980)
drawing Overall: 9 1/16 x 6 1/2 in. (23 x 16.5 cm) Framed: 18 1/16 x 14 15/16 x 13/16 in. (45.8 x 38 x 2 cm)
Untitled (portrait of a girl)1930sNicolai Fechin
Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955)
Untitled (man's shirt with leaves)1970?George Fischer
George Fischer Chicago, IL, USA (b. 1956)
drawing image: 12 x 8 1/4 in. (30.5 x 21 cm) frame: 21 x 17 1/4 in. (53.3 x 43.8 cm)
Untitled (Gallup, New Mexico Post Office)1914Oscar E. Berninghaus
Oscar E. Berninghaus United States (1874-1952)
drawing Overall: 6 9/16 x 8 1/4 in. (16.7 x 21 cm) Framed: 12 3/16 x 13 15/16 in. (31 x 35.4 cm)
Untitled (adobe wall)1976Robert B. Miller
Robert B. Miller
photography Overall: 20 1/16 x 16 1/8 in. (51 x 41 cm) Framed: 1 x 3/8 in. (2.5 x 1 cm)
Untitledc. 1930Joseph Imhof
Joseph Imhof United States (1871 - 1955)
Joseph Imhoff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1871. His first exposure to art was at age six when his godfather gifted him with a box of watercolors. Upon graduation, his father refused him further education unless he became a priest. Rejecting his father's wishes, he started teaching himself lithography and was hired by Currier & Ives. He eventually earned enough money from this job to buy a bookstore. In 1991 he eventually quit his job and sold the bookstore to pursue a formal art education in Europe. Traveling and painting for four years in Paris, Brussels, Antwerp and Munich he apprenticed with several artists.

But perhaps the most important experience he had in Europe was to meet Buffalo Bill Cody on board the ship and join him in Antwerp to spend time sketching and painting various members of the "Wild West Show". This experience set in place a style of painting for the rest of his life which focused on ethnographic and anthropological data rather than artistic expression. He documented the religious ceremonies of Pueblo Indians in large, rather simplified oils. He also learned new techniques for lithography which had a long-term influence on his artwork.

When he returned to New York, he rented a studio in Flatbush and began to study the Iroquois Indians in New York and Canada. He spent the next ten years painting and improving his lithography, photography and color printing innovations - which financed his early painting career. He also freelanced for Allen and Ginter, painting his Indian Head Series for insertion on cards in boxes of cigarettes.

In 1897 Joseph married Sarah Ann Elizabeth Russell, and they traveled to Europe several times until 1905 when they visited the Southwest for the first time to record the ceremonies of the Pueblo Indians. Joseph and built a studio in Albuquerque in 1906, and spent much time in the next few years traveling around the region.

In 1929 Joseph and Sarah moved to Taos permanently and built their new home facing the sacred mountain behind the Taos Pueblo. Their neighbor for some twenty years, Mabel Dodge Lujan, was known to refer to him as, "The Grand Old Man of the Pueblos". He would ask native models to live in his home for a time before he painted them. He felt he needed to know the person's soul that the eyes revealed in order to paint an accurate likeness. He collected many Indian artifacts and also had the first lithography press in Taos, which he used to make ethnographic prints and teach his techniques of recording the region's history. His series of paintings called Kivas and Corn which he gifted to the University of New Mexico was his most famous work. The Koshare Indian Museum also houses one of the largest collections of his paintings.

Joseph Imhof died in 1955 leaving an important legacy of the American Southwest. His wife Sarah in later years said of her husband, "...a gentle, dignified man who loathed the publicity and the limelight that other artists seemed to seek; he avoided publicity at all times..."
print Overall: 16 9/16 x 11 13/16 in. (42 x 30 cm)
Untitledc. 1960Louis Ribak
Louis Ribak (1903-1979)
drawing Overall: 14 1/8 x 10 3/16 in. (35.9 x 25.8 cm) frame: 20 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (52.7 x 40 cm)