New Mexico Art Tells its History

Indian Village

Indian Village, 1934
William Lumpkins (American, 1909 - 2000)
watercolor and pencil on board with plaster, 48 x 72 1/2 x 1 in. (121.9 x 184.2 x 2.5 cm)
On long term loan to the New Mexico Museum of Art from the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration
2007.6.1

William Lumpkins was born on the Rabbit Ears Ranch in Clayton, New Mexico. His early education came from a tutor who instilled a lasting interest in Zen Buddhism in the young artist. When his education moved him to Roswell in 1924, he met Peter Hurd, and the two young artists spent much time sketching together with Hurd coaching Lumpkins in his early efforts. Lumpkins' abstract work began in early 1930, inspired by a group of watercolors by John Marin. When Lumpkins moved to Santa Fe in 1935, he met Raymond Jonson and became involved with the Transcendentalist Painting Group committed to the philosophy that one achieved artistic fulfillment by going beyond sense experience into spiritual realms. Lumpkins, a key figure in the Santa Fe art community as both artist and architect, was also a pioneer of passive solar architecture and founded the Santa Fe Art Institute in 1985. 

Reflective Questions and Activities:

For the full image, click on the Indian Village (left) or Anglo Village (center)  
 
In these three paintings Lumpkins describes the three main cultural styles of villages in New Mexico during the early 20th century-- Indian, Spanish and Anglo.  
E/S Compare and contrast the three. How are they similar, how are they different?  
E/S

Which would you prefer to live in? Why?

 
E/S

Design and draw a small New Mexican community that you would like to live in.

Acknowledgements | About the Museum of Art | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | ©2010 New Mexico Museum of Art