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Ralph Pearson

(1883 - 1958)
It is thought that the Iowa-born printmaker Ralph Pearson was the first person to have an artist’s printing press in New Mexico. A visit to the acclaimed 1913 Armory Show in New York had opened his eyes to the possibilities of modernism and in 1915 Pearson moved to a ranch just south of Taos. He is known to have been pulling prints of New Mexico scenes by 1918.

Pearson studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with John Vanderpoel and was active in California in the 1920s. Pearson was a member of the Art Students League of Chicago, the New York Society of Etchers, the California Society of Etchers and other arts organizations. In addition to larger scale etchings, Pearson created numerous tiny gift prints, some as small as 1 1/2 by 2 inches, for sale as seasonal greeting cards.