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Winter Peace

Gene Kloss

About The Winter Peace

Positively inspiring !

Gene's drawing with paint over scant graphite lines delineating this dominant land mass results in a commanding work of art.

Gene described this painting in a letter dated November 29, 1977 to its original purchaser as follows:

"The watercolor you have was painted from my present studio.  In fact we built our house around that view. . . So far there has been no building (sic) between us and the mountains, although the highway to Arroyo Hondo area and the Ski Valley cuts across some distance from us.  We hope it stays so for a long time.  But one never knows these days."

A copy of this letter will accompany the painting.  Gene also explains her affection for snow in an earlier passage in this same letter.

 

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Positively inspiring !

Gene's drawing with paint over scant graphite lines delineating this dominant land mass results in a commanding work of art.

Gene described this painting in a letter dated November 29, 1977 to its original purchaser as follows:

"The watercolor you have was painted from my present studio.  In fact we built our house around that view. . . So far there has been no building (sic) between us and the mountains, although the highway to Arroyo Hondo area and the Ski Valley cuts across some distance from us.  We hope it stays so for a long time.  But one never knows these days."

A copy of this letter will accompany the painting.  Gene also explains her affection for snow in an earlier passage in this same letter.

 

About the Artist

In 1903 in Oakland, California, Alice Geneva Glasier, known today by her pen name Gene Kloss, was born. A lover of New Mexico, Kloss is remembered not only for her etchings and paintings but her continual fight to break gender boundaries -- Kloss being the only female National Academician in graphics in 1972. 

Kloss's intellect was made readily apparent shortly after launching her career. Of Kloss, Art News wrote, "Gene Kloss is one of our most sensitive and sympathetic interpreters of the Southwest." In 1924, she received her BA from the University of California. Following her graduation, she married poet Phillips Kloss and later studied at the California School of Fine Arts (1924-1925). By 1929, she and her husband had become permanent residents of Taos.

In 1938 Gene Kloss' work was exhibited in Paris as a leading New Mexican artist alongside Blumenschein, O'Keeffe and Sloan. She was best known for her New Mexico landscapes and genre scenes illustrating activities in the lives of Pueblo Indians.

Unafraid of experimentation, Kloss went on to develope her own etching technique. The technique, wherein acid is painted atop an etching plate, brings out a broader spectrum of color tones. To garner respect for her work and techniques, Kloss used "Gene" -- the maculine form of Geneva --  when signing her artwork, seeking to avoid prejudices of gender.

By the end of her 70 years working as an artist, Kloss completed more than 600 works. Her work has been exhibitedin such collections as The Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Newly published is a two volume catalogue raisonne delineating each of Kloss's prints with accompanying photographs.

Medium Watercolor on paper
Sight size 20 1/2" height X 28 1/2" width
Frame Single PH balanced mat, regular glass, wood molding
Frame size 29" height X 36 1/4" width
Signed "Gene Kloss N.A." at viewer's lower left
Date of creation After 1972 when Gene was first elected a National Academician
Condition Excellent, as appeared framed, glazed.
Provenance Consigned by PAV - 1, originally acquired from Gallery A (paper label affixed to dust cover)
Other Works by Gene Kloss
In Ranchos de Taos, Prints by Gene Kloss Quoth the Raven, Nevermore, Prints by Gene Kloss Ceremonial Day at Taos, Prints by Gene Kloss Chance  Encounter, Prints by Gene Kloss Village in the Snow State 1, Prints by Gene Kloss Winter Sunrise, Prints by Gene Kloss All Soul's Day Offerings, Prints by Gene Kloss Tres Orejas, Prints by Gene Kloss Winter Woods, Prints by Gene Kloss Windy Day San Francisco, Prints by Gene Kloss Riders at Sundown, Prints by Gene Kloss To a Wedding in North House, Prints by Gene Kloss
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