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Life and Death and Resurrection1981Charles Stewart
Charles Stewart (1922 - 2011)
painting Overall: 50 1/4 x 40 1/4 in. (127.6 x 102.2 cm) Framed: 46 x 57 in. (116.8 x 144.8 cm)
Medicine Songn.d.Woody Crumbo
Woody Crumbo (1912-1989)
print Overall: 12 x 9 3/4 in. (30.5 x 24.8 cm) Framed: 21 x 18 in. (53.3 x 45.7 cm)
Mid Wintern.d.Agnes Martin
Agnes Martin (1912-2004)
painting Overall: 33 x 48 in. (83.8 x 121.9 cm)
Morning Light1958Emil Bisttram
Emil Bisttram Hungary (1895-1976)
painting Overall: 18 x 32 in. (45.7 x 81.3 cm) Framed: 22 x 38 in. (55.9 x 96.5 cm)
Mountain Peakn.d.Peter Blanc
Peter Blanc United States (b.1912)
drawing Overall: 13 x 7 3/4 in. (33 x 19.7 cm) Framed: 20 3/8 x 14 3/4 in. (51.8 x 37.5 cm)
Mountains and Horses1948Jack Berkman
Jack Berkman (1908-1999)
painting Overall: 28 x 33 in. (71.1 x 83.8 cm) Framed: 30 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (77.5 x 76.8 cm)
November Trees In.d.Barbara Latham
Barbara Latham United States (1896 - 1989)
“I had lived under the brilliant western sky all summer, but I had never experienced such brilliance, contrasted with such fragrant desert. … I loved Taos from the moment I stepped off the train.” "I’ve been very happy here." "And I’m still having fun with my art."

Known as an accomplished painter, printmaker, and children’s book illustrator, Barbara Latham had idea of her life’s creative trajectory from an early age. At eight years old Barbara Latham won a scholarship to attend a weekend drawing class, and it sparked the young girl’s innate love of art. Shortly after high school, Latham began her more serious artistic studies at the Norwich Academy and Pratt Institute in New York City, as well as summer workshops with Anderw Dasburg at the Students League Summer School in Woodstock, New York. After a corporate stint on Madison Avenue making greeting cards, Latham relocated to the art colony of Taos, New Mexico.

It was in Taos that Latham would meet her eventual husband and fellow artist, Howard Cook. The two were introduced through Victor Higgins, and enjoyed a nurturing partnership spanning more than fifty years. The two traveled extensively through South America, Mexico, and Europe, largely the result of Cook’s Guggenheim Fellowship awards in 1932, and again in 1934. It was from these new, exotic vistas that the couple gathered unfamiliar subject matter and expanded their techniques. Much of what went into Latham’s first children’s book, “Pedro, Nina, and Perrito,” was cultivated during these travels.

In 1938, Latham and her husband purchased a home in Talpa, New Mexico. It was to become the base for a prolific artistic output, featuring everything from playful community scenes to wildlife, and landscapes in her signature stop-action style. Some of Latham’s most notable works include: “View from Our House in Talpa,” “Decoration Day,” “Tourist Town, Taos,” “Getting Ready for the Rabbit Hunt,” and “Rio Grande in the Spring.”

In 1967 the couple lived seasonally in Roswell, New Mexico, after Cook was awarded with the first artist-in-residence at the newly conceived Roswell Museum. By 1976, Howard Cook’s health was failing to the point where the couple relocated once more to a retirement home in Santa Fe. After her husband’s passing in 1980, Latham continued to travel and paint until her own passing in 1989.
painting Overall: 13 1/4 x 19 in. (33.7 x 48.3 cm) Framed: 22 x 27 1/2 in. (55.9 x 69.9 cm)
Old Taos Man of the Pueblo1930W. Herbert "Buck" Dunton
W. Herbert "Buck" Dunton United States (1878-1936)
print Framed: 22 7/8 x 18 3/4 in. (58.1 x 47.6 cm)
On the Threshold1953Herman Rednick
Herman Rednick
painting Overall: 39 x 11 3/4 in. (99.1 x 29.8 cm) Framed: 43 x 15 3/4 in. (109.2 x 40 cm)
Outward Boundn.d.Dorothy Eugenie Brett
Dorothy Eugenie Brett Great Britain (1883 - 1977)
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.

painting Overall: 29 x 39 in. (73.7 x 99.1 cm) Framed: 31 1/4 x 41 in. (79.4 x 104.1 cm)