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Gene Kloss (1903-1996)

Gene Kloss (born Alice Geneva Glasier) had already established the beginnings of a distinguished art career in her native California when she first visited, in 1925. She reportedly said she considered herself a New Mexican from that day forth.

A fantastic addition to the Taos art colony, she created paintings, watercolors and a prodigious number of etchings and aquatints—more than 625 in a seventy-year career. She earned the respect of all the members of the occasionally contentious Taos Society of Artists, as well as the regard of her peers nationally, who elected her to Associate Membership in the prestigious National Academy of Design in 1950 and Full Membership in 1972 (she was notably the first American woman printmaker ever to be so honored).

She is known today primarily for her many highly accomplished and beautifully crafted prints of the Western landscape and particularly of the lives and ceremonies of the many Taos Pueblo people whom she befriended and adored.

She is now universally considered one of the major printmakers of the 20th Century. Her work graces scores of major private collections here and abroad as well as the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The Carnegie Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Library of Congress and the National Academy of Design.

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