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Phillips said about Taos, "For heaven's sake, tell people what we have found!"
Bert Geer Phillips (1868-1956)
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Bert Geer Phillips (1868-1956)
written by Robert Parsons
and Ashley Rolshoven
Phillips said about Taos, "I believe it is the romance of this great pure-aired land
that makes the most lasting impression on my mind and heart."
"We had heard of Taos, the home and burial place of Kit Carson,
of the Indian People who live in 5 storied communal houses and the beautiful spanish girls.
Romance and Beauty: pictures to be painted: Adventure, all word of song.
Then, in a few short weeks I had found more inspiration and material for creative work than I could use in a lifetime.
More than that, I had found the ideal climate for outdoor work.
Also a realization that one artist alone could do no more than scratch the surface of this locality.
While the great southwest and artistic empire was practically undiscovered country to the art world.
Especially by people in the profession that have almost lost the pioneer spirit."
"Sometimes I ask myself why I remain away from the land of civilization,
but never before have I tried to formulate a reply. I have simply been content to stay on.
The charm of the great stretches of mountain and plains and interest of their inhabitants is never ending.
As I visit their villages and talk with my Indian friends,
I see and hear the young bucks wrapped in their white blankets
standing on the ridge, singing a love song in the moonlight, and I feel the romance of youth.
So the answer comes as I write and
"I believe it is the romance of this great pure-aired land that makes the most lasting impression on my mind and heart."
"Nothing could be more natural than that a distinctive American art idea should develop on a soil
so richly imbued with romance, history and scenic beauty as is to be found in the far famed beautiful Taos Valley
and the poetic Indian Village of the Taos Pueblos."
Bert Geer Phillips
Bert Geer Phillips in Taos
Blumenschein said, "Phillips is the foundation on which the Taos group built!" (El Palacio, May 1926)
Taos Society of Artists
(L-R, E.L. Blumenschein, O.E. Berninghaus, E.I. Couse, J.H. Sharp, B.G. Phillips, and W.H. Dunton)
Regarding Taos, Phillips said, "For heaven's sake, tell people what we have found! Send some artists out here.
There is a lifetime's work for twenty men."
Accident that led to the founding of the Taos Art Colony
Phillips was a Taos Society of Artists founder.
Bert Phillips Portrait
Bert Geer Phillips Signature Examples
Phillips would sometimes add "TAOS, N.M." to his signature
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Bert Geer Phillips Highest Auction Prices
"Song of the Yellow Flower" Sales Price: $322,000
"Call of Spring (Song of Flute)" Price: $265,000
"Indian Hunter" Price: $240,000
"Pueblo Indian Girl" Price: $233,500
"Taos Maiden" Price: $168,000
"Hunters in the Woods" Price: $145,500
"A Good Catch" Price: $143,500
"The call of spring" Price: $125,000
"Ancient Chants" Price: $120,000
"Taos Fisherman" Price: $120,000
Fine Art prices have risen steadily. Please contact the Gallery for the latest prices and current inventory.
Parsons does not offer Bert Geer Phillips prints, because no print can compare to the real paintings.
Parsons invites you to visit the Galleries to experience the unmatched beauty of the real art.
Bert Phillips Art Biography:
Taos Society of Artists Founder
Taos Society of Artists
Blumenschein, Berninghaus, Couse, Phillips, Dunton (seated), Sharp
Phillips was born on July 15, 1868, in Hudson, New York
He began his Art Education at 16 years old at the Art Students League of New York
and the National Academy of Design. In 1894 he studied at the Académie Julian
becoming friends with Ernest Blumenschein and Joseph Henry Sharp.
Sharp was the first to tell Phillips about the special qualities of the natural light in Taos.
He was a student of George McKinstry. In his youth, Kit Carson was his hero
and Phillips avidly read James Fenimore Cooper.
He studied with Benjamin Constant and Jean Paul Lauren’s.
Phillips was a student at Academie Julian,
National Academy of Design School and the Art Students League of New York.
In 1896 he returned to New York to share a studio with Blumenschein.
He moved to Taos in 1898 as a result of the "unfortunate accident" of a broken wagon wheel.
In 1899 he married Rose Martin, sister of Tomas "Doc" Martin.
In 1915 he was a founder of the Taos Society of Artists.
In 1951 He became a benefactor of Harold Dow Bugbee,
the curator of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas.
He died on June 16, 1956 in San Diego, California.
Joseph Sharp was the first to tell Phillips about the special qualities of the natural light in Taos.
Because they were no Art Galleries, he showed his work from his studio,
beginning a tradition that endures in Taos and New Mexico to this day.
Bert Phillips Art Works include:
"Wild Plum Blossoms"
"Our Washerwoman's Family"
"Corpus Christi Sunday in Taos"
"Mural Indian Sketch"
Bert Phillips Museum Collections include:
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Butler Institute of American Art
Chicago Union League Club
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Denver Art Museum
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Frederic Remington Art Museum
Harmsen Western Art Collection
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
John F Eulich Collection
Jonson Gallery of University of New Mexico
Mulvane Art Museum
Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia
Museum of New Mexico
Museum of The Southwest
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Phoenix Art Museum
San Diego Museum of Art
Sangre De Cristo Arts Center
Santa Fe Railroad
Stark Museum of Art
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The Harwood Museum of Art
The Philbrook Museum of Art, Inc.
Union League Club of Chicago
William Foxley Collection-Western
Bert Phillips Museum Collections online include:
(Click on links below to view art works)
"Adobe Home, Near Taos"
"After the Ceremony"
"The Elk Hunter"
"Hunter in the Woods"
"The Indian Hunter of Taos"
"Pueblo Indian Girl with Wild Plum Blossoms"
"Spanish Girl of Taos"
"Taos Indian with His Horse"
"Winter in Taos"