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Christmas Eve, Taos Pueblo

Gene Kloss, Christmas Eve, Taos Pueblo, 1936, aquatint and drypoint, 11 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. On long term loan to the New Mexico Museum of Art from the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration (787.23G) Photo by Cameron Gay

Christmas Eve, Taos Pueblo

Artist: Gene Kloss (American, 1903 - 1996)
Date: 1936
Medium: Aquatint and drypoint
Dimensions:
Image: 11 × 13 7/8 in. (27.9 × 35.2 cm)
Plate Mark: 11 × 13 7/8 in. (27.9 × 35.2 cm)
Support: 14 5/8 × 17 1/8 in. (37.1 × 43.5 cm)
Mat: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm)
Classification: Graphic
Credit Line: On long term loan from the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 787.23G
Description
In this print Gene Kloss captures the spectacle of the Christmas Eve Procession at Taos Pueblo. Just before sunset as Christmas Eve mass ends, crowds gather to sing hymns and watch a group of men carry the statue of Mary from San Geronimo Church through the Pueblo, which is dramatically lit by large bonfires. After the statue is returned to the church the community and visitors gather around the glowing fires. The rich velvety black produced by the aquatint is ideal for night scenes. The luminous glow at the head of the procession is achieved by carefully burnishing the plate and etching in the figures, pulling the dramatic scene out of darkness.
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