Gene Kloss
American, 1903-1996

After discovering the small town of Taos, New Mexico on her honeymoon in 1945, printmaker Gene Kloss embarked on a career-defining endeavor to document the landscape and people of this Western region. Though originally commuting back and forth from Berkeley, California (and setting up temporary print studios on concrete near her campsite), Kloss and her husband eventually became permanent residents of Taos in 1945, where they worked among a colony of artists. Though occasionally using watercolor or oil, Kloss was best known for her use of printmaking to document the landscape and lives within New Mexican Pueblos. Kloss devised a new method of etching that involved painting acid directly on top of her etching plate, resulting in a unique quality of her prints, stylized by high-contrast, sharp lines, and smooth color gradients.