Riders at Sundown
Gene Kloss, 'Riders at Sundown', aquatint and drypoint, 1953, edition 75. Signed and titled in pencil. A superb, richly-inked impression, in brown/black ink, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/2 to 2 3/8 inches), in excellent condition.
Gene Kloss was born Alice Geneva Glasier, in Oakland, California. She studied at the University of California, Berkley (graduating with honors in Art in 1924), and the California School of Fine Art in San Francisco. With the encouragement of her professor, Perham Nahl, she began etching in 1927.
In 1925, she had married Phillips Kloss and shortened her name, adopting the masculine form of her middle name so that her work would be viewed with an unprejudiced eye and not be denied entry into exhibitions. That same year she visited Taos. She and Phillips divided their time between Berkley and Taos, hauling her Sturges press back and forth until they finally settled permanently in Taos in 1945.
During the Depression, Kloss resided in Taos and produced prints for the WPA from her studio, there being no graphic workshop in New Mexico at the time. She maintained memberships in many art organizations, including the Society of American Etchers, the Chicago Society of Etchers, the California Society of Etchers, the California Society of Etchers, the Carmel Art Association, the Prairie Print Makers, the New Mexico Art League, and the Philadelphia Watercolor Club. Kloss was elected an Associate in the National Academy of Design in 1950 and to full Academician in 1972.
Kloss received numerous awards for her prints which were included in the Fine Prints of the Year annuals and other publications. Her work is held in many museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum, Library of Congress, Museum of New Mexico, New York Public Library, Oakland Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Museum.
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