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Andrew Dasburg
Rolling Hills
after 1924
oil
13 1/8 x 16 3/16 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arvin Gottlieb



Dasburg thought New Mexico's Taos valley “seemed like the first day of creation.” Committed to a modern, abstract style of painting, he often used the patchwork pattern of cultivated fields to contrast with the open, natural spaces of the desert landscape. Dasburg tipped the quilted middle ground upward, flattening the composition, and bridged the gap between near and far. The mass of the Sangre de Cristo range sits on the painting's top edge and the modeled foothills are sharply distinguished from the flat middle ground.