Leon Gaspard (1882 - 1964)
written by +Robert Parsons
Gaspard said, "Absolute happiness can be achieved by good fellowship, and good conversation, and a drink of vodka"
Doc Martin, the Taos doctor at that time, recommended whisky as a medicine for Gaspard. Leon was distrustful.
He said, "Old Grand Dad? I never hear of such medicine."
But after he slept off his troubles, Gaspard returned the next day for more medicinal doses.
Leon Gaspard recognized the sameness of the nomads of Asia and the American Indians.
Leon Gaspard Highest Auction Prices
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"The Finish of the Kermesse" Price: $2,001,000
"MANCHURIAN FOREST" Price: $782,500
"Christmas in Siberia, Troikas in the Snow" Price: $364,000
"RUSSIAN SNOW SCENE" Price: $362,500
"SPRING IN SIBERIA" Price: $317,000
"Russian Christmas" Price: $302,750
"Siberian Wedding Scene" Price: $270,000
"Caravan Across the Amur River" Price: $257,600
"Twining Canyon" Price: $231,000
Fine Art prices have risen steadily. Please contact the Gallery for the latest prices and current inventory.
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Leon Gaspard Timeline:
On March 2, 1882 Leon Gaspard was born near Moscow, Russia.
His parents soon recognized his artistic talents.
Traveling with his father on the Siberian Steppes, he made many sketches.
Yehuda Pen, a Jewish-Belarusian artist was his mentor.
His studied art, along with his friend Marc Chagall, under Julius Penn in Vitebsk, Belarus.
He continued his studies in Odessa and at the Academy of Moscow.
He was a student of Ilya Repin at the Art School of Kazan.
Like Fechin, Repin taught him the heavy use of the pallette knife.
At the age of 17, he enrolled in the Julien Academy, working under Edouard Toudouze and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.
He attended Académie Julian for nearly eight years.
At this time his parents died.
He later exhibited at the Paris Salon.
He was also honored with a one man show, arranged by George Petite.
George Petite, a director of Standard Oil sponsored a show of his drawings and purchased 35 of them.
In Paris in 1908, Gaspard met his future wife, Evelyn Adell.
They honeymooned by horseback in Siberia, where he created many drawings.
In 1914, during World War I, his French Aviation Corps plane crashed
and he was severely injured, requiring him to spend two years in a French hospital.
In 1916 he moved to New York.
In 1918 he moved to Taos, partially in search of a drier, healthier climate.
In 1921 he traveled to Japan and Asia.
In 1924 he took up permanent residency in Taos.
Using Taos as his base, he traveled to China, Mongolia, Tibet, Morocco, and Northern Africa.
He died February 21,1964.
Leon Gaspard Museum Collections
Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo
Art Institute of Chicago
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma
Indianapolis Museum of Art,
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
New Mexico Museum of Art
Oakland Museum of California
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Phoenix Art Museum
Rockford Art Museum
Smith College Museum of Art
Stark Museum of Art
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The Harwood Museum of Art
The University of Michigan Museum of Art
University of Wyoming Art Museum
Leon Gaspard Major Exhibitions:
He had a one man show when he was just a student.
He showed at the National Academy of Design and the Vanderbilt Gallery.
In 1961, Gaspard was honored with a one-man show in Taos.
In 1965, a retrospective exhibition of Gaspard was held by the Museum of New Mexico's art museum.
In 1967, retrospective exhibition of his work by the Maxwell Galleries.
In 1968, a show Hammer Galleries, New York.
In 1982, a retrospective exhibition by the Fenn Galleries in Santa Fe.
In 1984, a show at Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe.
In 1986, a show at Berry-Hill Galleries, New York.
In 2013, a show at Nedra Matteucci Galleries.
In 2015, Leon Gaspard: Impressions From Russia and the Faraway
Leon Gaspard Paintings:
"Taos Home" Oil on Board, Circa 1919, 8.75" x 13.5"
"Chimney Sweep" Oil on linen, 9" x 6.25"
"Walpi" Oil on Canvas Board, c. 1919, 11" x 14"
"Taos, Mother and Child" Sketch Book, Color Crayon and Pencil on Paper, 8" x 6"
"Russian Snow Scene"
"Morning Bazaar in Jaipur India"
"1922 Russian Market Scene"
"The Winter 1914"
"Navajo Women" n.d. oil and pastel on pa Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
"Coffee in the Souk" n.d. oil on canvas Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
"Les Artistes Inconnu" n.d. oil on canvas Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
"Russian Type in Fur Hat" n.d. oil on board Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
"Vitebsk on the Dvina" n.d. oil on board Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
"King Solomon" 1940 oil, gouache and gol Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
"Pearl River at Canton" 1926 oil on board Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
Study for "Dara in Moscow" n.d. pastel on rice paper Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
"Russian Street Scene" 1905 oil on silk on mahog Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
"Russian Bridge" Close of Day 1922 oil on canvas Memorial Art Gallery
Leon Gaspard Art Works On Line
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"Portrait of a Young Girl" Oil Painting 1919
"Taos Procession", oil on canvas
"Indian Woman With Turquoise", 1925, oil on silk on board
"Russian Christmas", 1914, oil on board
"Girls of Sart", 1926, oil on canvas on board