In the Rio Grande Gorge

In the Rio Grande Gorge

c. 1950
Artist
Gene Kloss, American, 1903-1996
Born: Oakland, CA
Country
United States
painting
Oil on canvas
Funds from William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection by exchange
2018.33

Gene Kloss, In the Rio Grande Gorge, c. 1950. Oil paint on canvas; 30 x 40 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection by exchange, 2018.33.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
frame height: 39 1/2 in, 100.33 cm; frame width: 49 1/2 in, 125.73 cm; frame depth: 2 in, 5.08 cm; image height: 30 in, 76.2 cm; image width: 40 in, 101.6 cm
Inscription
Signed lower left, "Gene Kloss, A.N.A."
Department
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
Collection
Petrie Institute of Western American Art

Although numerous women pursued art professionally during the late 1800s and early 1900s, they faced limited access to training and often dealt with discrimination. Kloss graduated with honors in art in 1924 and, to avoid gender bias, adopted the name “Gene.” She produced more than 600 prints and paintings over her seven-decade career, splitting her time between Taos, New Mexico, and Berkeley, California.

Aunque muchas mujeres se dedicaron profesionalmente al arte a fines del siglo XIX y principios del XX, tuvieron que lidiar con un acceso limitado a la formación y, a menudo, la discriminación. Kloss se graduó con honores en Arte en 1924 y, para evitar prejuicios de género, adoptó el nombre “Gene”. Hizo más de 600 grabados y pinturas a lo largo de su carrera, que abarcó siete décadas, durante las cuales vivió entre Taos, Nuevo México y Berkeley, California.

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