Ernest L. Blumenschein—The Life of an American Artist
By Robert W. Larson and Carole B. Larson
University of Oklahoma Press
Hardback, slipcover, first edition, 2013, new condition, 349 pages, illustrated
From the slip cover
“Few who appreciate the visual arts or the American Southwest can behold the masterpieces Sangre de Cristo Mountains or Haystack, Taos Valley, 1927 or Bend in the River, 1941 and come away without a vivid image burned into memory. The creator of these and many other depictions of the Southwest and its people was Ernest L. Blumenschein, cofounder of the famous Taos art colony. This insightful, comprehensive biography examines the character and life experiences that made Blumenschein one of the foremost artists of the twentieth century.
“During an exploratory trip to the Rocky Mountain West in 1898 with friend and fellow artist Bert G. Phillips, the two came upon the budding art community of Taos, New Mexico. In 1915 Blumenschein, Phillips, Joseph Henry Sharp, E. Irving Couse, and other artists whom Blumy had met in Paris organized the Taos Society of Artists, famous for preferring American subjects over European themes popular at the time.
“With his artist wife, Mary Shepard Greene, and daughter, Helen (later also an artist), he moved to Taos in 1919 and began his long career as a figurative and landscape painter, becoming prominent among American artists for his Pueblo Indian figures and stunning southwestern landscapes.”