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Cloudburst at Black Mesa, New Mexico

1925 Allen Tucker Born: Brooklyn, New York 1866 Died: New York, New York 1939 oil on canvas 30 1/8 x 36 3/8 in. (76.4 x 92.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Allen Tucker Memorial 1966.34.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Allen Tucker was one of the “big city” artists who came to New Mexico in the 1920s, forsaking the hustle and clamor of the city for the vast spaces of the high desert. Artists from New York and Chicago often focused on the unusual colors and shapes they found in the southwestern landscape or on the startling and theatrical effects of the weather. Here, Tucker captured the sudden violence and stark contrasts of light and dark that a New Mexico storm can bring.

Keywords

Landscape - desert

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - New Mexico - Black Mesa

Landscape - weather - cloud

Landscape - weather - storm

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Allen Tucker

Born: Brooklyn, New York 1866 Died: New York, New York 1939

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