Western Painting of Adobe Homes in the Santa Fe Foothills by Alfred Morang

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Alfred Morang, Western Artist
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Western Artists
  • Medium: watercolor
  • Size:
    6-1/2” x 8” image;
    14-1/8” x 17-1/8” framed
  • Item # C4322
  • Price: $2,350.00

This untitled watercolor painting depicts a cluster of adobe homes possibly at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Santa Fe. Those two big purple hills also could be Sun Mountain and Moon Mountain in Santa Fe near Camino del Monte Sol Street (off of Canyon Road) where most of the artists lived. The painting is strong in color and relaxed in style. It is an excellent watercolor by Western artist Alfred Morang.

In the early twentieth century, many artists moved to Santa Fe for health reasons, mostly tuberculosis, and the New Mexico air was a curative sourde and many survived to paint for many decades.  Others were not so lucky. In 1938, Alfred Morang (1901-1958) came to Santa Fe for a cure for his tuberculosis. He was already a well-trained artist at that time, having painted in Maine and Massachusetts.  It was not his health that took his life but a fire in his studio while he slept.

On moving to Santa Fe, Morang concentrated on painting full time.  He associated with the Transcendental Painting Group, along with Raymond Jonson, Emil Bisttram and William Lumpkins, which strived to paint what could not be rendered visually, but he never joined the group officially.

This group of early Santa Fe artists was not unlike those of Paris, France—Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, and Georges Seurat, to name a few.  They were just as Bohemian and they frequently, almost nightly, celebrated at Claude’s Bar on Canyon Road, a bar as Bohemian as any in Paris, France. They were friends who shared a common interest in painting but did not take their work too seriously.  They discussed life, art and each other’s life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Signature of Alfred Morang, Western ArtistCondition: appears to be in excellent condition but has not been examined out of the frame.  It is signed by the artist.

Provenance: this Western Painting of Adobe Homes in the Santa Fe Foothills by Alfred Morang is from the collection of a Santa Fe gentleman.

Recommended Reading: SANTA FE ART COLONY, 1900 – 1942 by Sharyn Rohlfsen Udall

Relative Links: Alfred Morang, Western Art, Raymond Jonson, Emil Bisttram, William Lumpkins

Close up view of a section of this painting.
Alfred Morang, Western Artist
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Western Artists
  • Medium: watercolor
  • Size:
    6-1/2” x 8” image;
    14-1/8” x 17-1/8” framed
  • Item # C4322
  • Price: $2,350.00

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