Family", 9.5" x 7.5", Oil on canvas - SOLD
The lure of Taos
aided by Mabel Dodge Lujan attracted Dorothy Brett to Taos.
Usually referred to as “The Brett” by the inner circle in Taos,
this long lived woman added a charming eccentricity to the art colony.
the daughter of Viscount Esher, a close
advisor to Queen Victoria.
and her sister took dancing lessons at Windsor
Castle. The sister
went on to
become the Ranee of Sarawak and remained true
class, but Dorothy became a bohemian. She chopped off her hair and
entered the Slade Art
and took up with the renowned Bloomsbury Group. Some of her friends
Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley and D.H. Lawrence. She
many of these famous people. At 27, Brett was deaf. Until late in her
carried an ear trumpet, but never let it get her down. Throughout her
had a beguilingly alert, youthful humor. Brett was small and dressed in
smocks, Indian gear and bejeweled headbands.
Brett came to Taos
with D.H.Lawrence in 1924. Well into her late years, Brett painted. Her
almost child like and primitive, a swirl in decorative line. She
favorite subjects, Taos
Indian celebrations. Her abundant work includes portraits, Indian
landscapes with mystic symbols. Brett died in Taos, August 1977, where
lived for many years. Her life was the subject for many books, one of
is her own Lawrence and Brett.
The Legendary Artists of
Taos by Mary Carroll Nelson.