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Parallel lines: A letter from Taos

July 08, 2013 06:30 AM | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In 1898 Taos, New Mexico was a very small village attached to one of the larger surviving Pueblos in the U.S. That summer a couple of landscape painters were camping under the stars, painting their way down from Denver by way a buckboard wagon which broke a wheel just north of the Pueblo. Ernest Blumenschein lost a coin toss to Bert Phillips obliging “Blumy” to saddle up and find a blacksmith. On that ride into Taos a spell was cast and by the time the wheel was fixed both painters were placed firmly in its thrall.
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