On a recent road trip we stopped to tour The Taos Art Museum, formerly The Fechin House in Taos , New Mexico. I really liked the premise of this museum to show artists that lived and painted in this particular area of the country. It is so enjoyable to look at how artists over the centuries have visually interpreted their environment, a reason that I find landscape painting endlessly fascinating.
Fechin’s Studio is open to the public. Quite a grand affair in scale although I enjoyed his views of gardens and New Mexico skies.
The museum is housed in the studio and home that artist Nicolai Fechin built for his family between 1927 and 1933. Fechin, born in Kazan, Russia in 1881, carved and molded the adobe buildings into a fascinating, harmonic marriage of Russian, Native American, and Spanish symbology. Fechin’s heirs have entrusted many of his art works to the care of Taos Art Museum.
The heart of the museum is a collection of paintings by the masters of the Taos Society of Artists. This group was prolific from the arrival in Taos of Blumenschein and Phillips in 1898 through the 1930s. As a result of the acclaim these twelve artists and their associates achieved, many more artists migrated to Taos, continuing a tradition of creativity into the twenty-first century.