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Catherine C. Critcher
Indian Women Making Pottery
about 1924
40 1/8 x 37 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arvin Gottlieb

Portrait-painter Catherine Critcher traveled from her home in Washington, D.C., to the Southwest year after year, intrigued by the region and its Native American and Hispanic peoples: “Taos is unlike any place God ever made…no place could be more conducive to work. There are models galore and no phones.” The only female member of the Taos Society of Artists, Critcher approached each subject with sensitivity and an astute eye for color and form. Although she depicted scenes of everyday life, such as this group of Pueblo Indians grinding clay and painting pottery, she was most interested in depicting the intense, expressive features of the indigenous tribes.