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New Mexico Landscape

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New Mexico Landscape

Artist: Kenneth Miller Adams (American, 1897 - 1966)

Date: 1934
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
40 1/4 × 36 inches (102.2 × 91.4 cm)
Frame: 43 3/8 × 39 3/8 × 2 3/8 inches (110.2 × 100 × 6 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: "New Mexico Landscape" By Kenneth M. Adams/ Awarded the Fourth W. A. Clark Prize/ and/ Corcoran Honorable Mention Certificate/ Fourteenth Exhibition of Contemporary American Oil Paintings/ The Corcoran Gallery of Art/ March, 1935 (Metal tag on front)
Signed: Kenneth M. Adams (lower left)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1977
Object number: 31.211.1
Accession Number: 1977.1.11
Label Text:The New Mexico landscape provided inspiration for artists who approached painting with a modern stylistic concept. Adams simplified and abstracted pictorial features such as the land mass, the trees, and the house. He depicted the rocks by strokes of broken colors, an influence from French artists such as Paul Cézanne. Adams planned this painting by making a preliminary sketch that has a grid. The grid lines helped him to transfer the pictorial elements to the canvas. Modern art was one of the many new influences that brought change to the American West.
Provenance: Artist; purchased c. 1934 by Albert G. Simms; transfered sometime between c. 1934 and 1977 to his son Dr. Simms, Albuquerque, New Mexico; purchased 1977 through Dr. Simm's daughter by (Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico); purchased March 31, 1977 by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Branding the American West: Paintings and Films 1900-1950
  • Bierstadt to O'Keeffe: Highlights from the Stark Museum of Art
  • The Drawing Experience