Taos Art Colony
Taos captured the imagination of the world.
Mary Carroll Nelson
We all drifted into Taos like skilled hands looking for a good steady job. We found it, as it grew into an urge that pushed us to our limits, a joyous inspiration to produce and give to the deepest extent of each man's own caliber. We lived only to paint. And that is what happens to every artist who passes this way!
Ernest L. Blumenschein
The Aspens are turning gold here in the Southern Rockies (at Taos) and the weather is as close to perfection as it gets in the mortal world.
Taos, one of the world's most famous art colonies, is on a 7,000-foot mesa in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. It was first explored in 1540 during the Coronado Expedition of Spanish Conquistadors, and settled by a few Europeans by 1615--five years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock.
One of the first artists to visit Taos was * Joseph Henry Sharp in 1893, who rented a wagon in Santa Fe with fellow artist John Hauser to explore and sketch the pueblos of northern New Mexico. Sharp and Hauser were so impressed with the grandeur of the Taos plain that they stayed in the area for several weeks. Two of Sharp's oil paintings from that visit were later published in Harper's Weekly, bringing him considerable international recognition. Sharp's enthusiasm for Taos was so strong that he talked about it repeatedly in conversations with