Andrew Dasburg

(1887 - 1979)

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Long before setting foot in New Mexico in 1918 as the invited guest of Mabel Dodge, Andrew Dasburg had become a familiar face in the avant-garde circles of Paris and New York. He studied under Robert Henri, frequented Alfred Stieglitz’s legendary 291 Gallery, exhibited four works in the Armory Show of 1913, and published an influential article on the principles of Cubism.

Dasburg remained a strong proponent of abstract art throughout his career, but after settling permanently in New Mexico in the 1920s, he largely abandoned the radical style of his New York years. Instead Dasburg returned to his early influences: Cubism and Cezanne. Dasburg pared down his representations of the New Mexican landscape, reducing it to its elemental form. Dasburg died in Taos in 1979 having earned the distinction of being one of New Mexico’s premiere modernists.