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Gene Kloss
Midwinter in the Sangre de Cristos
about 1936
oil
20 x 30 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor



Alice Geneva Kloss acknowledged that “An artist must keep in close contact with nature in order to produce a significant body of work. Alert observation constantly refreshes the creative viewpoint. A love of nature, an interest in people, is so much a part of me, I must use it in art expression.” After her first visit to Taos on her honeymoon in 1925, the artist chose the region's broad uninterrupted spaces, clear light, and brilliant colors as her primary subject matter.