Taos Indian Woman

  • Kenneth M. Adams, Taos Indian Woman, ca. 1920-1930, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arvin Gottlieb, 1993.48.1

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Kenneth Adams painted his portraits of Pueblo Indians from life. In Taos Indian Woman, his sitter stares off into space, as if her mind wandered far from the studio. Adams draped her in a Pendleton blanket that many viewers might have mistaken for an authentic Indian textile. These blankets copied Native American designs, and Pendleton Mills shipped them from Oregon to the Southwest to be exchanged for wool, silver jewelry, and other handcrafted items.

Title
Taos Indian Woman
Artists
Date
ca. 1920-1930
On View
Dimensions
25 5/8 x 21 3/8 in. (65.1 x 54.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Arvin Gottlieb

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – waist length
  • Ethnic – Indian – Taos Pueblo
Object Number
1993.48.1
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