Midwinter in the Sangre de Cristos

Media - 1964.1.195 - SAAM-1964.1.195_2 - 90584
Copied Gene Kloss, Midwinter in the Sangre de Cristos, ca. 1936, oil on canvas, 2030 14 in. (50.876.8 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor, 1964.1.195

Artwork Details

Midwinter in the Sangre de Cristos
ca. 1936
2030 14 in. (50.876.8 cm.)
lower right in oil: Gene Kloss
Credit Line
Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Landscape
  • Landscape — road
  • Landscape — season — winter
  • Landscape — New Mexico
  • Landscape — mountain — Sangre de Christo Mountains
  • New Deal — Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project — New Mexico
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Artwork Description

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)