Bert Geer Phillips Paintings
Phillips, falling in love with Taos, said, "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."
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Bert Geer Phillips Quotations
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 and Ernest Blumenschein
Blumenschein said, "Phillips is the foundation on which the Taos group built!" (El Palacio, May 1926)
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."
Taos Art Colony
Phillips was a Taos Society of Artists founder.
Bert Phillips Signature Examples
Phillips was proud to sometimes add "TAOS, N.M." to his signature
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Bert Phillips Art Biography:
Taos Society of Artists Founder
Bert Phillips Biography
Bert Geer Phillips was born on July 15, 1868, in Hudson, New York
Inspired by finding an arrowhead, long lost by a Mohegan Indian, he was
fascinated to read James Fenimore Cooper. Kit Carson, of Taos and Southwester fame, and the
American Indian were the great heroes of Bert Geer Phillips' youth.
His artistic talent was shown by the fact that he could draw well before he could read, and by winning
the first place prize at the county fair for a collection of his watercolors.
He began to formally study Art at the early age of 16,
gaining admittance to the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Design.
He continued to study for five years in New York City at the Art Students League and the National
Academy of Design.
In 1894 he enrolled at the Académie Julian,
becoming best friends with Ernest Blumenschein and Joseph Henry Sharp.
Sharp was the first to tell Phillips about the special qualities of the brilliant mountain light in Taos.
The intensity of the high desert light in Taos enabled the artists to see more colors.
(The light in Taos is brighter and this needs to be seen to be fully experienced. Parsons invites you to visit and enjoy.)
Phillips was honored to become a student of George McKinstry.
And he was fortunate to be selected to study with Benjamin Constant and Jean Paul Lauren.
Phillips was an honored student at the Academie Julian in Paris,
the National Academy of Design School and the Art Students League of New York.
At the National Academy of Design he won the Bronze Medal in life class.
Before he traveled to the West, Phillips had a successful career painting western illustrations, working
from models and research.
In 1896, returning to New York, he began to share a studio with Blumenschein.
He then moved to Taos in 1898, stopping there as a result of the now famous “unfortunate accident"
of a broken wagon wheel.
He became the first of the important Taos Artists to permanently settle there.
Because they were no Art Galleries, Phillips showed his work from his studio,
beginning the “Studio” tradition that endures in Taos and New Mexico to this day.
He married Rose Martin, the sister of the local doctor, Tomas "Doc" Martin, in 1899.
The Taos Society would be organized from a meeting at Doc Martin’s house.
He became a founder of the Taos Society of Artists in 1912.
In 1951 he became a benefactor of Harold Dow Bugbee,
the curator of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas.
Phillips was the first and key, the founding figure in the Taos Art Colony.
According to Blumenschein, "Phillips is the foundation on which the Taos group built!" (El Palacio, May 1926).
It is thought that Phillips was the closest of all the artists to the Taos Pueblo Indians.
He helped to protect the “sacred mountain" of the Taos Pueblo Indians from prospectors.
In the end his eyesight failed, causing him to give up painting completely.
He died on June 16, 1956 in San Diego, California, just three years after the death of his wife.
Bert Phillips Art Works
"Wild Plum Blossoms"
"Our Washerwoman's Family"
"Corpus Christi Sunday in Taos"
"Mural Indian Sketch"
Bert Phillips Museum Collections
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