Midwinter in the Sangre de Cristos

  • Gene Kloss, Midwinter in the Sangre de Cristos, ca. 1936, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor, 1964.1.195

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Gene Kloss showed the jagged peaks of northern New Mexico rising behind a ghostly mass of aspens and cottonwoods. The luminous middle ground lies at the heart of a spiral of slate gray clouds and shadows, capturing the cold drama of a mountain landscape more than seven thousand feet above sea level. Throughout her career, Kloss felt strongly that American artists should wander beyond the limits of their cities and embrace the native landscape, warning that “Industrial society leads the artist away from nature.” (Bradley, Gene Kloss: Graphic Works from Six Decades, 1984)

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“I am equally divided in attention to subject and to the abstract considerations of picture making---rhythm, line, mass, design, values, texture . . .” Gene Kloss, quoted in White, “Gene Kloss: A Taos Printmaker,” Gilcrease Journal, II, 1996

Title
Midwinter in the Sangre de Cristos
Artist
Date
ca. 1936
On View
Dimensions
20 x 30 1/4 in. (50.8 x 76.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • New Deal – Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project – New Mexico
  • Landscape – road
  • Landscape – New Mexico
  • Landscape – mountain – Sangre de Christo Mountains
  • Landscape – season – winter
Object Number
1964.1.195
Palette
Linked Open Data
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