Talpa Valley
1942
14" x 16.75"
Framed: 20" x 22.75"
Works on Paper, pastel on paper
Region: North America
Signed lower right

About the Artist
(1901 - 1980)
A major figure in the history of 20th century New Mexico art, Howard Norton Cook was a native of Springfield, Massachusetts. In the early 1920s he studied with George Bridgman and Joseph Pennell at the Art Students League in New York on a scholarship, where he made connections with fellow students, such as Max Weber and Andrew Dasburg. In the 1920s, Cook worked as an illustrator for several well-known magazines, including Harper’s, Scribner’s, Survey, Atlantic Monthly, Forum, and Century, work that allowed him to travel all over the world.

In 1926 he was commissioned by ‘Forum’ magazine to travel to New Mexico to produce illustrations for their serialized version of Willa Cather’s ‘Death Comes for the Archbishop.’

Between 1926 and ’27 Cook created a series of woodblocks and etchings that are recognized as some of the masterpieces of New Mexico printmaking. He met his wife, the artist Barbara Latham, in Taos and the couple relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1935.

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