Artful Insights

Step Back into the American West,
Where Art and History Come Together.

Artful Insights are limited to a small number of visitors so each guest can have an intimate experience with the art and Museum guide.  Advance reservations are highly recommended, as programs often sell out.  Tickets are not refundable for sold-out events.

William Jacob Hays

June 5th, 2017

Did you know that one of the largest canvases here at the museum was painted by a 19 year-old? Come explore the amazing life and artwork of William de Leftwich Dodge in the upcoming Artful Insight. Educated and living in Europe at a very young age, Dodge attended prominent art schools and gained international recognition for his early paintings, one of which is on view here at the museum. Join us in discovering even more about William de Leftwich Dodge.


Joseph Henry Sharp

June 19th, 2017

Joseph Henry Sharp, known as the “father of the Taos Society of Artists,” was an illustrator, painter and teacher. After making his first trip to Taos, New Mexico in 1893, Sharp was inspired by the Native people who were living there.  Known for his realistic portrayal of Native Americans, his paintings display a respect and sympathy for a culture that he felt was swiftly changing.  During this Artful Insight, we will discuss the four paintings by Sharp that are currently on display. 


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American Impressionists

July 10th, 2017

Drawing from the influence of European Impressionism, many American artists applied this modern style of painting, characterized by loose brushwork and vivid colors, to the American landscape. During this Artful Insight, we’ll discuss and compare four major artists of the American Impressionist movement: John Twachtman, Childe Hassam, John F. Carlson, and Edward Henry Potthast. We’ll discover how these artists achieved their unique effects by examining their Western landscapes in the Museum’s Collection.


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Ernest Blumenschein

July 17th, 2017

Ernest Blumenschein has been long respected as one of the founding fathers of the Taos Society of Artists, and one of the most expressive, intelligent, and enthusiastic spokesmen for the group. During this Artful Insight, four of his paintings will be studied and discussed, and we think you’ll find that Blumenschein’s experiences in the Southwest greatly influenced his style of painting, especially as he became aware of modern art movements that were changing the art world.


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