ca. 1929-1933 Victor Higgins Born: Shelbyville, Indiana 1884 Died: Taos, New Mexico 1949 watercolor on paper sheet: 18 x 22 in. (45.7 x 55.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Arvin Gottlieb 1993.48.5 Not currently on view
Higgins found inspiration in the dramatic landscape around Taos, New Mexico, where he lived after 1914. In Arroyo Landscape, he emphasized the patterns and textures of the land and abstract versions of the distinctive vegetation of the area. Higgins conveyed the dry stream bed and the arid desert atmosphere by applying the watercolor with a relatively dry brush, allowing the texture and whiteness of the paper to heighten the sense of sun-parched land.
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009
paint - watercolor
paper - wove paper