Oil on canvas painting completely in the distinctive sepia tones manner often employed by the artist, 14" by 18" (19 1/2" by 23 1/2" as framed), the subject the famous aspen and mountains of northern New Mexico, signed at lower left and notated there "Taos" by well listed artist THOMAS L. LEWIS (1907-1978). Lewis was born near Houston and was already a professional artist by age 19. Originally he painted scenes of the American South, including swamps and cypress, but after service in World War II he moved to Taos, sketching there with Bert Phillips in the latter's final years. While in Taos Lewis operated the Taos Art Gallery for many years, representing artists like William Moyers and John D. Free. Works by Lewis appear at auction and at western galleries, and paintings are held by a number of western museums. This work in various shades of tan and brown is typical of his style, though he also painted in full color. Note the "$250.00" original price he charged for the work, written on the stretcher in pencil. Lewis is listed in Samuels' 1976 Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West, as well as Harmsen's Western American and David Witt's "The Taos Artists". The painting is in fine condition. The framing is not appropriate for this kind of art and I would suggest that it be replaced with a different style.
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