Orin Sheldon Parsons

Orin Sheldon Parsons


Nationality: American

Seeking to start a new life following his wife's death, Sheldon Parsons left a highly successful career in New York as a portrait painter and moved with his daughter to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1913. Parsons also suffered from tuberculosis at the time, and he thought the high desert air in New Mexico would be a boon to his health. Both he and his art flourished in his new home. He was one of the first established artists to become a full-time resident of Santa Fe, arriving there several years before other artists joined him to create a thriving art colony.

Parsons's approach to painting changed dramatically when he moved to Santa Fe. His palette became much brighter and his style turned to Impressionism. He favored paintings of his surroundings, adobe villages, sunlit mountains, and aspen forests. Once establishing himself in Santa Fe, he completely abandoned portraiture and in fact did not include any figures in his paintings. He sold many works at the Palace of Governors in the heart of Santa Fe. He was a popular local figure, and when the new Fine Arts Museum opened in 1918, he was the first director. Parsons embraced his newfound home and created a successful career there until his death in 1943.


Orin Sheldon Parsons Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
ORIN SHELDON PARSONS (American, 1866-1943) October, Alcalde, New Mexico Oil on canvas 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
ORIN SHELDON PARSONS (American, 1866-1943)October, Alcalde, New MexicoOil on canvas25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)...
Lot 76242
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
ORIN SHELDON PARSONS (American, 1866-1943) Taos Mountain Landscape Oil on board 9-1/4 x 12 inches (23.5 x 30.5 cm) S
ORIN SHELDON PARSONS (American, 1866-1943)Taos Mountain LandscapeOil on board9-1/4 x 12 inches (23.5 x 30.5 cm)S...
Lot 70052
Auction 5134
Saturday, May 11, 2013
SHELDON PARSONS (American 1866-1943) New Mexico Adobe Oil on board 9in. x 12in. Signed lower right On the reverse:
SHELDON PARSONS (American 1866-1943)New Mexico AdobeOil on board9in. x 12in.Signed lower rightOn the reverse: ...
Lot 23134
Auction 628
Thursday, May 4, 2006
SHELDON PARSONS (American, 1866-1943) Spring Time, Santa Fe, 1921 Oil on board 9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm) Signed
SHELDON PARSONS (American, 1866-1943)Spring Time, Santa Fe, 1921Oil on board9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)Signed...
Lot 65303
Auction 5189
Sunday, September 14, 2014
ORIN SHELDON PARSONS (American, 1866-1943) Adobe Vista Oil on canvas 14 x 18 inches (35.6 x 45.7 cm) Signed lower le
ORIN SHELDON PARSONS (American, 1866-1943)Adobe VistaOil on canvas14 x 18 inches (35.6 x 45.7 cm)Signed lower le...
Lot 76243
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012

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