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Gene Kloss

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Gene's gentle portrayal of the horses grabs our eye first, before we begin to comprehend the role human figures play in this composition.

This artist employed tonal wipe to shade some of the figures, the background and edges of each horse's neck.  This technique was used by none other than Rembrandt most effectively.

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Gene's gentle portrayal of the horses grabs our eye first, before we begin to comprehend the role human figures play in this composition.

This artist employed tonal wipe to shade some of the figures, the background and edges of each horse's neck.  This technique was used by none other than Rembrandt most effectively.

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 Etching and drypoint on paper
Edition 37 / 50
Catalogue raisonne #502 Gene Kloss An American Printmaker A Raisonne compiled by A. Eugene Sanchez
Plate size 11 3/4" height X 15" width
Paper size 15" height X 19 7/8" width
Frame Single 100% rag window mat, regular glass, black wood molding (linen hinged)
Frame size 17 1/2" height X 21 1/2" width
Signed "Gene Kloss N.A." at viewer's lower right margin in graphite
Date of creation Plate was created in 1965. This impression was printed either in 1972 or later, due to the artist adding N.A. after her name.
Condition Good, faint light staining overall. See last photo
Provenance PAV - 7
Other Works by Gene Kloss
Winter Peace, Paintings 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 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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