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    ORIN SHELDON PARSONS (American, 1866-1943)
    Adobe Village
    Oil on board
    16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
    Signed lower right: Sheldon Parsons

    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. Adobe Village is a prime example of Parsons's New Mexico work. It features the soft but bright colors of his later work. Here the contours of the land, the sky, and trees blend in with the adobe structures to give a feeling of harmony between man and nature. Parsons skillfully contrasts the autumn gold of the towering tree against the blue sky and white clouds. The tree as focal point also serves to guide the viewer's eye to such details as the placement of the oven just outside of the adobe house. Parsons embraced his new found home and created a successful career there until his death in 1943.

    More information about ORIN SHELDON PARSONS, also known as Parsons, Sheldon, Orin Sheldon Parsons, Parsons, Shelom.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    15th Saturday
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