Santiago Naranjo, n.d.
Henry C. Balink (American, born Holland, 1882 - 1963)
oil on canvas, 29 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (75.6 x 62.9 cm)
Gift of Bernice C. Ballard, 1944
Henry Balink was born in Amsterdam where his talent and fondness for the arts was discovered in primary school. At the age of eleven he financed his art training at the Royal Academy of Amsterdam, where he belonged to the top of his class, by working as a bicycle racer and ice skater, and as a stuntman for an American film company. After marrying, he and his wife came to the United States where he first worked in New York, then Chicago, and in 1917 moved to the Southwest, settling in Santa Fe. Their home and studio on Old Pecos Trail is still standing. Balink's work changed from its darker, traditional palette, inspired by the intense colors and light of the Southwest landscape. His vibrant portraits were so successful that jealous members of the Taos Society of Artists tried to have him deported, accusing him of espionage.
Reflective Questions and Activities:
|E||What interested artists about New Mexico when they came here in the early 20th century?|
|E/S||What is significant about this portrait? How is this man portrayed and what can we learn about him?|