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White Sands

Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge Born: Alton, New York 1889 Died: Santa Fe, New Mexico 1977 oil on canvas 25 7/8 x 32 in. (65.8 x 81.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Cyrus Leroy Baldridge 1977.79 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 32B


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Cyrus Baldridge and his companion, Caroline Singer, first traveled to the American West in the 1920s. They settled in Santa Fe in 1952 after Baldridge retired from commercial illustration. White Sands captures the sweep of New Mexico’s high desert country with only a few stylized forms. The natural formation---two hundred and seventy-five square miles of gypsum sand in the Tularosa basin of southern New Mexico---reminded Baldridge of the deserts of Asia, which he and Caroline had seen during the 1920s and 1930s.

Keywords

Landscape - desert

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - season - summer

Western

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge

Born: Alton, New York 1889 Died: Santa Fe, New Mexico 1977

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