American art patron Mabel Dodge Luhan inspired women artists to New Mexico
Women artists, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, were attracted to New Mexico by a wealthy art patron Mabel Dodge Luhan who settled in Taos. She established the first informal art colony there in 1917 where artists such Georgia O’Keeffe, Rebecca Salsbury James, Barbara Latham and Dorothy Brett followed suit finding “something special in the air” of Taos.
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Born in Wisconsin, the USA on the 15th November 1887 was known for her enlarged paintings of flowers, New Mexican landscapes and New York skyscrapers.
Her legacy is of being the “Mother of American modernism” not being happy with the styles of the artists of her time she branched out with her style of American modernist art.
Rebecca Salsbury James
Born in London, England on the 21st December 1891, she was a self-taught painter. Her parents were both Americans that were travelling with the “Buffalo Bill Wild West show” in London, England where she was born.
She settled in New York and married her photographer husband, Paul Strand. She divorced Strand and moved to Taos, New Mexico with a group of artists to the informal artist colony started by Mabel Dodge Luhan.
She is known for her large flower paintings, colcha embroidery and still life’s which were painted on glass.
Born June 6, 1896, in Walpole, Massachusetts. Raised in Norwich Connecticut she grew up on a farm with her parents who were naturalists. The farm had a large apiary on it and Barbara was given her own hive to tend to.
Her father was known for creating honey butter which is honey that is whipped up at a certain temperature until it solidifies to create a certain texture.At the age of eight, Barbara won her first art scholarship to the Norwich Free Academy. Barbara went to Taos in 1925 where she married artist Howard Cook in 1927 and after travelling they settled down in Taos.
Barbara is known for her painting, book illustrations and prints.