Winter Mountain Cycle No. 4, 1955
Howard Cook (1901–1980)
oil on canvas
Gift of the artist in memory of Dr. Reginald Fisher, 1978
Howard Cook’s Winter Mountain Cycle No. 4 plays the power of winter snows against the solidity of its rocky base. Before moving to Taos from New York, Cook was known for his precisionist interpretations of urban architecture emphasizing the monumentality and geometric order of skyscrapers. Cook maintains these qualities in his New Mexico landscapes, only with gestural, expressionist brush strokes.