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Victor Higgins

Arroyo Landscape
about 1929
18 x 22 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arvin Gottlieb

Victor Higgins found inspiration in the dramatic landscape around Taos, New Mexico, where he lived after 1914. In Arroyo Landscape, he avoided literal representation in favor of emphasizing the patterns, textures, and abstract forms of the land and distinctive vegetation of the area. Higgins conveyed the dryness of the 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.