Founded in 1972, Nedra Matteucci Galleries is recognized around the world for its collection of contemporary and historic art. The gallery specializes in 19th and 20th century American art, including the Taos Society of Artists, California Regionalists, artists of the American West, and masters of American Impressionism and Modernism. Also featured is a selection of Russian Realist paintings. Included in the collection are works by important contemporary painters and monumental sculpture by artists of international recognition.
Representing the Taos Society of Artists are the works of Joseph Henry Sharp, Ernest Blumenschein, Victor Higgins, O.E. Berninghaus, E.I. Couse, and E. Martin Hennings. This distinguished group of artists, preceded by Charles Russell and Frederic Remington, changed the way America sees its Western heritage by applying European painting techniques to uniquely American subject matter. The 1920's saw the influence of two exceptional painters of Russian descent, Nicolai Fechin and Leon Gaspard, who were then followed by the modernist movement as Taos and Santa Fe became the cultural center of the West. Works from this school include Raymond Jonson, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Josef Bakos.
The gallery itself is a spacious adobe highlighted by a beautiful one-acre sculpture garden. Visitors should not miss the large collection of Native American artifacts, fine jewelry, and collectibles from around the world on their way to view the unique garden. Once outside, visitors find monumental works in stone and bronze by contemporary sculptors Glenna Goodacre, Doug Hyde, George Lundeen, Dan Ostermiller, and Fritz White. In addition to the vast collection of historical paintings inside the galleries' warm adobe walls are landscape, wildlife, Southwestern, and figurative paintings represented by an outstanding group of contemporary painters: William Acheff, Walt Gonske, Clark Hulings, Wilson Hurley, William Matthews, Gary Niblett, and William Whitaker.
Nedra Matteucci Galleries is pleased to announce its purchase of Morning Star Gallery at 513 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Morning Star Gallery is the world's premier gallery for antique American Indian Art. For more information regarding this gallery please visit www.morningstargallery.com
Gene KlossBiography of the Artist
(1904 - 1996)
6 1/2" x 8"
(1904 - 1996)
Gene Kloss was born Alice Geneva Glasier in 1903, in Oakland, California. At that time, the area was still uncluttered by billboards, lights, and bridges, but oaks still grew around the city. Kloss graduated from Berkeley in 1924. Her instructor, Perham Nahl, was astonished by her first print, and predicted that she would be an etcher. She continued to study at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and in 1925, married Phillips Kloss, a writer. She changed her name, for simplicity, and because she believed that a less feminine name would serve her better in the art world. The couple ventured west on their honeymoon. They entered New Mexico at sunset, and fell in love with the bare, beautiful, vast landscape. From that day forth, Gene Kloss said she considered herself a New Mexican. The couple established dual residence in Berkeley and Taos, and commuted each year. In Taos, they rented an old adobe house for ten dollars a month, for a decade. They cooked on a wood-burning stove, and carried water from a spring, a mile up the canyon. In the desert, Gene Kloss made prints with a secondhand Sturges etching press, weighing 1,200 pounds. The couple kept their residence in California to care for their elderly mothers. When their two mothers died in 1965, they moved to Colorado, with the press in tow. They bought four acres above the Gunnison river. Eventually, due to allergies and gnats, they returned to their final home in Taos. Kloss was not concerned with trends, or the financial value of art. Instead, she focused on creating beautiful depictions of the scenes she loved. She was an accomplished oil and watercolor painter, but her prints defined her career. Southwestern scenes, particularly of New Mexico, are common. Her work often contains a hidden light source, with long, sinewy shadows. Her etchings are unique and dramatic, containing high contrast as well as subtlety. During her 60 year career, Kloss created more than 600 prints. Kloss is considered one of the most important artists of her time, as well as one of the major printmakers of the 20th century. Her work is found in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the Carnegie Institute. Source: Kloss, Phillips, Gene Kloss Etchings. Santa Fe: Sunstone Press, 2000.