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In a Glorious Light

Masterworks of the Taos Society of Artists

(Philbrook Downtown, 116 E. Brady St.) A purported bump in the road in rural Northern New Mexico, marked the start of the Taos Art Colony.

During a painting trip in 1898, the spoke of a wagon wheel broke on the carriage carrying artists Ernest Bluemenschein and Bert Phillips from Denver to Mexico. This “flat tire” stranded the artists 20 miles outside of Taos. A coin toss drove Blumenschein toward town for help, while Phillips remained with the wagon, taking in the soaring skies and dramatic mountain vistas of rural Taos Valley. The spectacular scenery, as well as the traditional Pueblo and Spanish Catholic cultures they discovered in the region, would become the celebrated subjects of their romantic-realist paintings. The Taos Society of Artists (1915–1927), was born. In a Glorious Light: Masterworks of the Taos Society of Artists spotlights the romantic paintings of this famed group.

Curated by Catherine Whitney.

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