The Solemn Pledge, Taos Indians

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1916

Artist:

Walter Ufer
American, 1876–1936

About this artwork

Walter Ufer decided to become an artist after attending the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, ultimately enrolling at the School of the Art Institute. He traveled to Taos, New Mexico, for the first time in 1914 and by 1917 became an active member of the Taos Society of Artists, whose mission was to “promote, maintain and preserve high standards of artistic excellence in painting . . . as it pertains to New Mexico.” In The Solemn Pledge, Ufer created a monumental composition that contrasts a bright, vivid palette with the solemnity of three generations of Taos Indians. The painting won the Martin B. Cahn prize at the Art Institute’s annual exhibition of American art in 1916 and was purchased for the permanent collection that year.

On View

American Art, Gallery 272

Artist

Walter Ufer

Title

The Solemn Pledge, Taos Indians

Origin

United States

Date

1910–1920

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed l.l.: W. Ufer

Dimensions

101.9 × 92.1 cm (40 1/8 × 36 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1916.441

Extended information about this artwork

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