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ILA MCAFEE (1897-1995) Taos Santa Fe school New Mexico art pencil signed limited edition print
This is a pencil signed limited edition print from the year 1970 by noted Taos and Santa Fe (Northern New Mexico School) painter ILA MAE McAFEE (1897-1995), titled "Emergence". McAfee's work has become increasingly valuable in recent years as her talents have been belatedly recognized and her ties to the early and important Taos/Santa Fe painters have come to be more appreciated. Her paintings are now offered at high end Santa Fe galleries into the five figures. McAfee was born in southwestern Colorado in 1897, the year that Bert Phillips' famous wagon broke down in Taos, leading to the founding of the art colony there. She died in 1995, decades after the last of the Taos masters passed on; she was around for nearly the entire twentieth the century, including the golden early years when the great ones were doing their masterworks. Having arrived in Taos by 1928, she was listed in Mabel Dodge Luhan's landmark 1947 book on the early Taos painters. It is interesting to speculate how she no doubt knew the John Sloans, Berninghaus, Blumenschein, Hennings, Ufer, and the second tier artists who flourished in the art colony of northern New Mexico. McAfee worked in oil, watercolor, fresco, bronze, and printmaking. This work from 1970 is numbered at lower left "32/500". The subject matter, horses in a modernist composition, is very typical of her; horses were a favorite subject. The piece is currently unframed, and is shrink wrapped. It awaits a frame and perhaps some UV protective glass before it will be placed on the wall in its new home. Size is 18" by 21". If you adore the Taos school, as I do, but you can't lay out the thousands for a McAfee painting (or, a work by any other historical, vintage artist of the area), then, consider adding this work to your western American art collection. Condition is excellent; drips of foreign matter are just on the cellophane, not on the art itself, which is clean. .
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