DescriptionLOREN MOZLEY (1905-1989)
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Signed lower left
Loren Mozley started his art career in New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1926, and as Mabel Dodge Luhan's secretary, he was thrust into the middle of the Taos art scene. This association afforded Mozley many contacts and opportunities, which would forever influence the direction of his life and art.
Through Luhan, Mozley became friends with Ward Lockwood, Andrew Dasburg, and John Marin (the latter two having participated in the celebrated Armory Show of 1913, and counted among America's most important modernist painters). From these associations, as well as his own artistic preferences, Mozley began a life long fascination with Paul Cezanne's techniques, which are characterized by creating volume and space by means of planes of color. This guiding principal forever influenced Mozley's art.
The four friends regularly painted together (Marin visiting Taos during the summers before 1930). As was their habit, they would load up their easels, paints, fishing equipment, rifles, camping gear, and food in Dasburg's car, and sojourn for sometimes weeks at a time in the mountains, arroyo's, and canyons of New Mexico. The artists quickly found the fractured rock forms of the New Mexico landscape were uniquely suited for the Cezannesque treatment they favored.
In 1938, Ward Lockwood accepted a position as the head of the new art department at the University of Texas in Austin. Lockwood was charged with organizing the new department, and his first hire that same year was Loren Mozley. Thus, the roots of the University of Texas Art Department started with these two important New Mexico Modernist painters.
Mozley soon found that the fractured rock forms of the landscape around central Texas also lent themselves to the Cezannesque treatment that Mozley favored. This superb fall scene of the Pedernales River south of Austin is an excellent example of Mozley's deconstruction of the Texas landscape into fractured, overlapping planes of color.
The provenance is directly from the artist to one of the first students of the U. T. Art Program. Mozley and the current owner remained close friends until his death in 1989.
Acquired from the artist by the present owner
Excellent condition. Period frame in excellent condition.
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