Carter Critcher (1868 – 1964)
Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia,
she became the first and only
woman member of the Taos Society of Artists in Taos, New Mexico.
She studied at Cooper Union in New York City and
the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC.
She spent many years in Paris
where she attended the Academie
Julian and then founded the Cours Critcher painting school, where she
much administrative ability as well as painting talent.
She returned to the United States in
1909, and from 1911 to 1917
was an instructor at the Corcoran School of Art and in 1923 in Washington D.C.,
founded another school of art,
The Critcher School of Painting and Applied Arts. She served as
1940 when she decided to devote herself full time to painting.
In 1920, she first went to Taos, New Mexico.
She said . . . "no place
could be more conducive of work. There are models galore and no
She did some notable portrait studies and continued to return for many
and in 1924 was unanimously voted into the all-male Taos Society of
She is recalled as energetic and attractive and startling in Washington D.C.
where she would return after her
summers in Taos
"with a wrinkled, deeply
suntanned skin in the 1920s when that was not fashionable" (Samuels
biography from the Archives of AskART
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