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Taos Ramada

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Fritz Scholder (1937-2005)
  • Category: Prints
  • Origin: The Luiseño - Payómkawichum
  • Medium: stone lithograph color lithograph on Arches buff paper
  • Size:
    19-3/4” x 26” image;
    25-7/8” x 31-7/8” framed
  • Item # C3984H
  • Price: $3,000.00

Fritz Scholder, an artist and printmaker who was one-quarter Luiseño, vowed early in his career never to “paint the Indian.”  Scholder eventually became interested in Native art and culture—particularly that of the New Mexico Pueblo Indians—when he moved to Santa Fe to teach at the newly-established Institute of American Indian Arts.  He painted his first Indian—a green-haired, fairly abstract man in a psychedelic-looking necklace—in 1967, three years after his move to Santa Fe.  He would go on to use his unique creative voice to create hundreds of images of Indians.

In 1970, Scholder signed a contract to create a series of lithographs at Albuquerque’s Tamarind Institute.  He had experimented with lithography in college, and described the process as “laborious and terribly technical.”  Under the guidance of Tamarind’s experienced printers, however, Scholder began to enjoy the lithography process.  Scholder was invigorated by what was, to him, a new way to create and present his ideas.

Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) signatureThis abstract piece is another one of his love letters to New Mexico.  Titled “Taos Ramada,” it is a dark and beautiful depiction of a Taos home completed with just two colors: black and tan.  It is a moody, dreamy piece.  Without its helpful title, its subject would be barely detectable.  Like many of Scholder’s works, the expressionistic line work and rich swirls of ink are exceptional.

This lithograph was completed at Tamarind in 1980, ten years after he began properly exploring the medium.  By this time, Scholder had mastered the process.  This is the Bon a Tirer copy, which is the copy selected by the artist to which every other copy must be matched.   Scholder signed the piece and labeled it “Bon a Tirer.” It is mounted with its edges exposed. The lithograph was executed at Tamarind Institute, the renowned lithography workshop in Albuquerque that is affiliated with the University of New Mexico.

Provenance: from the large collection of a Santa Fe resident
Condition: original condition
Recommended Reading: Fritz Scholder Lithographs by Clinton Adams

Fritz Scholder (1937-2005)
  • Category: Prints
  • Origin: The Luiseño - Payómkawichum
  • Medium: stone lithograph color lithograph on Arches buff paper
  • Size:
    19-3/4” x 26” image;
    25-7/8” x 31-7/8” framed
  • Item # C3984H
  • Price: $3,000.00

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