Gisella Lacher Loeffler (American, born Austria, 1903 - 1977)
gouache/watercolor on cardboard, 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. (24.1 x 19.7 cm) (image)
Gift of Mrs. J. D. DeHuff, 1968
Gisella Loeffler, born in the Austrian Alps, came with her family to the U. S. in 1908 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri where she studied art at Washington University. Later, seeing paintings of Taos reminiscent of the villages of her native Austria, she moved to Taos in 1933 as a single mother with two daughters. Loeffler initially applied an Austro-Hungarian folk-art style to the Indian and Hispanic subjects that she found in New Mexico, but eventually developed her own style, often using children or childlike figures as subjects.