SANTE FE

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SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO, JUST NORTH OF ALBUQUERQUE
SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO, JUST NORTH OF ALBUQUERQUE

By Chet Yarbrough

May 1, 2012

Sante Fe, New Mexico is a trail’s end and beginning; i.e. from the Missouri frontier, coursing through 900 miles of wilderness, the Sante Fe trail ends as a city of commerce in the late 1800s.  Sante Fe becomes an artist colony and tourist mecca in the 1920s.

SCULPTURE AT ENTRY TO ST. JOHNS COLLEGE
SCULPTURE AT ENTRY TO ST. JOHNS COLLEGE
STORYTELLER POTTERY
STORYTELLER POTTERY

After the trail was replaced with the railroad in 1880, Sante Fe re-invented itself.  It became an increasingly famous artist haven with American Indian Storyteller clay figures

BLACK ON BLACK POTTERY
BLACK ON BLACK POTTERY

and black-on-black pottery in the early 1920s.  American artists were drawn by the beauty of the country, a beauty that fed on itself with modernist landscape prints and paintings from people like Gustave Baumann, Marsden Hartley, and Andrew Dasburg.

GUSTAVE BAUMANN (1881-1971)
GUSTAVE BAUMANN (1881-1971)

Baumann is a German immigrant that came to the United States in 1891.  While working as an engraver, he went to Art Institute of Chicago, returning to Germany in the early 1900 s to study wood carving.  He returns to the U. S. and becomes known as a wood carver and marionette maker.  In 1918, Baumann heads to the Southwest and becomes the leader of an artist colony in Taos, New Mexico.  Finding Taos a little to urban, he moves to Sante Fe.

GUSTAVE BAUMAN PRINT-RANCHOS DE TAOS
GUSTAVE BAUMAN PRINT-RANCHOS DE TAOS

MARSDEN HARTLEY (1877-1943)MARSDEN HARTLEY (1877-1943)

HARTLEY LANDSCAPE, NEW MEXICO 1916-1920
HARTLEY LANDSCAPE, NEW MEXICO 1916-1920

Marsden Hartley is born in Lewiston, Maine.  He becomes acquainted with Alfred Stieglitz who becomes a companion and promoter of Georgia, O’Keefe.  In 1912, Hartley travels to Europe and becomes acquainted with famous writers and artists in Berlin and France.  He associates with early abstractionists like Kandinsky and refines his own work.  He returns to America in 1916 and Sante Fe becomes one of his landscape interests.

MARSDEN HARTLEY-MAGIC MOUNTAIN, A NEW MEXICO LANDSCAPE
MARSDEN HARTLEY-MAGIC MOUNTAIN, A NEW MEXICO LANDSCAPE
ANDREW DASBURG (1887-1979)
ANDREW DASBURG (1887-1979)

Andrew Dasburg, born in Paris, emigrates to Germany and leaves for America in the early 1900 s.  He receives an art scholarship to the Art Students League of New York.  Like Hartley, Dasburg became acquainted with Stieglitz.  In contrast to Hartley, Dasburg adopts cubism, influenced by association with Cezanne, as his preferred artistic milieu. Like many artists of the 20th century, Hartley spends time in Sante Fe.  In 1979, he dies in his Taos, New Mexico home.

ANDREW DASBURG 1920 -MOUNTAIN IN THE SOUTHWEST-ANDREW DASBURG 1920 -MOUNTAIN IN THE SOUTHWEST-

Later, Sante Fe became famous with works exhibited by Georgia O’Keefe in the 1940s.

GEORGIA O'KEEFE (1887-1986)
GEORGIA O’KEEFE (1887-1986)

The Georgia O’Keefe Museum, in downtown Sante Fe, beautifully displays O’Keefe’s art and offers an informative video glimpse of her fascinating life.

GEORGIA O'KEEFE--1932 MANHATTEN
GEORGIA O’KEEFE–1932 MANHATTEN
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART-STEIGLITZ/O'KEEFE EXHIBTION 2011
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART-STEIGLITZ/O’KEEFE EXHIBTION  OF 2011

Walking around the city is like being in a giant art gallery.  No turn is made without seeing a building, a sculpture, a mural, or

GEORGIA O'KEEFE MUSEUM IN SANTE FE
GEORGIA O’KEEFE MUSEUM IN SANTE FE

a whimsical work of art that grabs one’s attention.

FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE WHIMSICAL ON A SANTE FE WALK
FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE WHIMSICAL ON A SANTE FE WALK

Add the beautiful April weather, green bean chili, great scenery and one begins to think of more frequent visits and longer stays.

ONE OF MANY RANDOMLY PLACED SCULPTURES IN SANTE FE
ONE OF MANY RANDOMLY PLACED SCULPTURES IN SANTE FE

 

APRIL SUNSET IN SANTE FE
APRIL SUNSET IN SANTE FE

 

WHIMSICAL ART FOR SALE
WHIMSICAL ART FOR SALE

Sante Fe is a fascinating town filled with art, nostalgic beauty, and an appeal to all levels of aesthetic sensibility.

SANTE FE PARK IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN
SANTE FE PARK IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN
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