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Emil James Bisttram (American, 1895–1976)
LOT ID: 71535
Taos Landscape, ie. circa 1945

Gouache, on Paper
14 х 19.5 in. (35.56 x 49.53 cm.)
Signed, lower right, estate stamp on verso.
Lot description
Frame: 24 x 28.5 in
Date: Circa 1945-1950

Emil Bisttram's fluid brushstrokes describe 'Taos Landscape', with an abstracted landscape and mountain laid out before the viewer's eyes. The craggy mountain is illustrated in a range of browns and highlighted by streaks of green, sharply contrasted with the lightening grays of the sky in the background.

Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) founded the ‘Transcendental Painting Group’ with Raymond Jonson, to study non-objective painting that, unlike the non-objectivity of Hilla Rebay and Rolph Scarlett, held lofty aspirations of spirituality. Bisttram studied in New York with Leon Kroll before traveling West. His 1931 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship enabled him to study in Mexico with Diego Rivera before finally settling in Taos, where he founded the Taos School of Art; his activity helped spawn an artist’s community.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)
Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
Museum of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO)
Taos Landscape by Emil James Bisttram
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