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Taos Indian Woman

ca. 1920-1930 Kenneth M. Adams Born: Topeka, Kansas 1897 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1966 oil on canvas 25 5/8 x 21 3/8 in. (65.1 x 54.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Arvin Gottlieb 1993.48.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Kenneth Adams painted his portraits of Pueblo Indians from life. In Taos Indian Woman, his sitter stares off into space, as if her mind wandered far from the studio. Adams draped her in a Pendleton blanket that many viewers might have mistaken for an authentic Indian textile. These blankets copied Native American designs, and Pendleton Mills shipped them from Oregon to the Southwest to be exchanged for wool, silver jewelry, and other handcrafted items. American Indians wove fewer textiles as they acquired more Pendleton blankets through trading, and unsuspecting East Coast tourists collected the blankets as souvenirs of the Wild West.

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Taos Pueblo

Figure female - waist length

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Kenneth M. Adams

Born: Topeka, Kansas 1897 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1966

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