Andrew Michael Dasburg (American, 1887-1979)
Pueblos in Spring
Signed and dated "Dasburg 62" in pencil l.l.
Pastel and ink on paper, sheet size 18 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (47.6 x 62.9 cm), framed.
Condition: Minor wear to deckled edges, toning.
Provenance: A Florida estate to the present owner.
.B. Dasburg first arrived in Taos, New Mexico in January 1918, at the invitation of Mabel Dodge Luhan, a wealthy patron and avant-garde literary bohemian. (1) Over the next decade and a half, Dasburg split his time between and Woodstock, New York, and Taos, and in 1935, chose to reside near Taos full-time.
The present work shows the influences of two important modernists on both sides of the Atlantic-Paul Cezanne, whose works Dasburg first encountered in 1909 while living in Paris; and John Marin, whom he was introduced to in New York and befriended in Taos over the summers of 1929 and 1930. (2) Though Dasburg worked in a variety of medium, ink and pastel are considered by many to be his most engaging, as they showcase his skill in creating rhythmic lines.
1) Sheldon Reich, "Andrew Dasburg: The Late Years." American Art Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Autumn, 1983), p. 22.
2) Ibid, p. 25.