Ranchos Synthesis

Maker and role
Artist: Andrew Dasburg, American, born France, 1887-1979

Object detail

Pastel on paper
16 1/2 x 23 9/16in (41.9 x 59.8cm)
Credit line
Museum purchase with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts
Accession number
Further information
Encouraged by arts patron Mabel Dodge Luhan, Dasburg made his first trip to Taos, New Mexico, in 1918. Returning for part of every year, he became one of the first modernists attracted to the region. In Ranchos Synthesis, Dasburg created an abstracted Southwestern scene, inspired by the works of Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso.

In the early 1930s, during travels in the Southwest, Marion Koogler McNay [Atkinson], met Dasburg and painter Victor Higgins, her future fourth husband, at the home of Dodge Luhan. During that time, several watercolors by both Dasburg and Higgins entered Marion McNay's growing collection. In 1937, during her marriage to Higgins, Dasburg became a frequent visitor to the couple at their home in San Antonio.
The American Image: 1875-1978; 1979; no. 19
Signature & date
Signed l.r.: Dasburg
Dated l.r.: '75
Subject period


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