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Midwinter in the Sangre de Cristos

ca. 1936 Gene Kloss Born: Oakland, California 1903 Died: Taos, New Mexico 1996 oil on canvas 20 x 30 1/4 in. (50.8 x 76.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor 1964.1.195 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 33A

Luce Center Quote

“I am equally divided in attention to subject and to the abstract considerations of picture making---rhythm, line, mass, design, values, texture . . .” Gene Kloss, quoted in White, “Gene Kloss: A Taos Printmaker,” Gilcrease Journal, II, 1996

Luce Center Label

Gene Kloss showed the jagged peaks of northern New Mexico rising behind a ghostly mass of aspens and cottonwoods. The luminous middle ground lies at the heart of a spiral of slate gray clouds and shadows, capturing the cold drama of a mountain landscape more than seven thousand feet above sea level. Throughout her career, Kloss felt strongly that American artists should wander beyond the limits of their cities and embrace the native landscape, warning that “Industrial society leads the artist away from nature.” (Bradley, Gene Kloss: Graphic Works from Six Decades, 1984)


Landscape - mountain - Sangre de Christo Mountains

Landscape - New Mexico

Landscape - road

Landscape - season - winter

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - New Mexico


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Gene Kloss

Born: Oakland, California 1903 Died: Taos, New Mexico 1996

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