Spring Rains

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1924

Artist:

William Victor Higgins
American, 1884–1949

About this artwork

Victor Higgins studied and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He first went to Taos, New Mexico, in 1914, funded by a syndicate organized by Chicago mayor Carter H. Harrison, Jr., who wanted to increase the status of fine arts in the city by sending painters to the Southwest. Liberated from fiscal concerns, Higgins experimented boldly. In Spring Rains, he established the grandeur of the modern yet sublime landscape by ringing El Salto Peak with clouds and flooding the valley below with light, creating shimmering atmospheric effects with his vibrant palette. As Higgins once observed, “A field or a mountain is always changing. They change size and color with every passing cloud and with the passing of every hour and season.”

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American Art, Gallery 272

Artist

W. Victor Higgins

Title

Spring Rains

Origin

United States

Date

1919–1929

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

102.2 × 109.9 cm (40 1/4 × 43 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1924.18

Extended information about this artwork

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