Juan Mirabal, Taos Pueblo Painter
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Taos Pueblo artist Juan Mirabal was one of the artists who comprised the group known today as the "Three Taos Pueblo" painters. The other two were Albert Lujan and Albert Looking Elk Martinez. These artists were known for painting in a realistic three-dimensional Euro-American style in the early 1900s, largely focusing on landscapes and Taos Pueblo itself. Mirabal seems to have experimented more frequently than the other two artists, creating works in the style as well as works that are closer to the "flat" style practiced by artists at neighboring pueblos.
Juan W. Mirabal (1903-1970) was joined by two other Taos Pueblo artist, Albert Lujan and Albert Looking Elk Martinez, in painting in a realistic three-dimensional Euro-American style in the 1915 to 1920 period. Albert Lujan and Albert Looking Elk Martinez mostly painted scenes of Taos Pueblo buildings and surroundings and sold their art directly to tourists visiting the pueblo. Because they did not paint in the flat style other Natives were producing, their work was considered European Modernism.
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