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New Mexico Landscape

Cady Wells, New Mexico Landscape, 1938, oil on canvas, 18 x 25 3/4 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of the Cady Wells Estate, 1982 (1982.16.38) Photo by Cameron Gay

New Mexico Landscape

Artist: Cady Wells (American, 1904 - 1954)
Date: 1938
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Image: 18 × 25 3/8 in. (45.7 × 64.5 cm)
Frame: 22 11/16 × 29 15/16 × 1 3/4 in. (57.6 × 76 × 4.4 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of the Cady Wells Estate, 1982
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 1982.16.38
Description
Of all the Modernist painters working in New Mexico, few have captured the darkness of the region like Cady Wells. Wells was particularly interested in depicting the Western landscape, like many painters who came to New Mexico. But where most artists excelled in capturing the bright sunshine for which New Mexico is famous, Wells employed a mute palette of blacks, browns, and greys to capture a darker vision of the region. Wells struggled with depression most of his life and his work tended to become darker and more abstract later in his life, and particularly after his service in World War II.
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