(1874 - 1952)
"Riders on the Rio Grande"
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches
Taos Art Colony
The Taos Art Colony
is an art colony which began in 1898 with the visit of Bert Geer
Phillips and Ernest Blumenschein to Taos, New Mexico. The Taos Artists'
Colony was a groundbreaking association of European trained painters
that collected around the visually spectacular Taos Pueblo in the North
American southwest. The founding members fostered the emergence of a
major school of American painting. For nearly a millennium, the Taos
Indians have lived here. Ancient artistic traditions have been
manifested in native crafts for generations; an important
acknowledgement for understanding the inherent aesthetic allure of this
area to the Euro-American artists.
In 1898, other such
artists began flocking to Taos. Led by Ernest Blumenschein and Bert
Phillips, American and European-born artists became entranced with the
region’s beauty. Along with Blumenschein and Phillips, Eanger Irving
Couse, Herbert S. Dunton, Oscar Edmund Berninghaus, and Joseph Henry
Sharp united to form the "Taos Society of Artists". These artists are
considered the "Founding Six", or the founding fathers of the Taos
Artist's Colony. The “Taos Six” applied academic technique to native
themes to produce a uniquely American school of painting. Aside from the
inspiration of their environment, one quality early Taos colony
paintings share is their vibrant palette of colors - not a common sight
when paired with more traditional representational images and
application of paint. Today, these artists are recognized for their
contribution to artistic development and their scenes of Taos locales
grace the walls of many museums.