"Apaches on Horseback", 12" x
16", Oil on canvas board - SOLD
Ernest Blumenschein ( 1874 - 1960)
Taos Society of Artists founder
Ernest Blumenschein was a colorful and controversial figure whose
marked by fierce determination. A
supporter of Post-Impressionism, Blumenschein’s own style is marked by
of deep, rich colors and a strict sense of spatial geometry and rhythm. Possibly the most complex and least
understood member of the Taos Society, Blumenschein’s
southwestern pictures were born of the artist’s interest in formal
and harmony rather than a desire to accurately portray pueblo culture.
to several of his later Taos
colleagues, Blumenschein was of modest Midwesterner beginnings. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA and
earned a scholarship to study at the Cincinnati College of
Music after graduating from high school. He
took an illustration class at the Cincinnati Art Academy and
decided to pursue a career in the visual arts. In
1892, he moved to New York to study at the Art Students
League. He soon became convinced that
European study was necessary to establish himself as a professional
enrolled at the Academie Julian in Paris, where
he became acquainted with Bert Phillips and J.H. Sharp.
Sharp regailed the younger artists with tales
of his 1893 visit to Taos.
his return from Paris in
1896, Blumenschein worked as an illustrator in New York, where he shared a studio with
Phillips. After and assignment that took
him to Arizona and New Mexico, Blumenschein went west with
Phillips in 1898. When a broken wagon
wheel landed the artists in the nearby town of Taos,
Phillips decided he had reached the end of his journey.
stayed in Taos for 3
months returning to his lucrative illustration career in New York and eventually to Paris for
further study at the Academie Julian in 1899. During
his stay in New York he met Mary Green and married
her. She was an established artist whose
work was often featured in the annual Salon.
their return to New York in 1909, the couple worked as an illustration
team and Blumenschein taught at the Art Students League. He began
to spend his summers in Taos, and settled there permanently in 1919.