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A Santa Fe, New Mexico pastel by

Julius Rolshoven, 1927

A freak accident of timing prevented Julius Rolshoven (1858-1949) from being widely known today as one of the most famous and talented artists in New Mexico’s long and storied artistic history. Rolshoven was one of the earliest members of the renowned Taos Society of artists, elected to the original group in 1917 before Walter Ufer, O.E. Berninghaus or Kenneth adams. However, an appointment in Santa Fe kept Rolshoven from being included in the seminal photograph of the original Taos Society of Artists and this unlucky omission plus the fact that Rolshoven left the group and Taos after only four or five years and moved back to Europe around 1921 to remain there for the rest of his life means that many southwestern art collectors have little or no knowledge of or exposure to his work. Due to his extremely short residence here, Rolshoven’s Taos and Santa Fe works are few and rarely seen in either Museum or private collections, adding to the mystery. This is quite unfortunate as his Taos and Santa Fe works are of extraordinary quality and are well worth seeking out. Rolshoven was one of the most highly trained and artistically accomplished of the entire TSA group with a marvelous painterly style and beautiful high-key color palette. He was also the oldest member of the group, born a year before Joseph Henry Sharp. This beautiful pastel of a pair of horses is indicative of Rolshoven’s fluid, evocative style and expressive palette. It is rendered in colored pastel on dark paper. The painting itself measures 11” by

13 ¾” and the framed dimensions are 19 ½” by 22 ½”. It is signed “J. Rolshoven, Santa Fe, NM” in pencil at the lower left and there is also a dedication in pencil in the artist’s hand at lower left which reads “Xmas 1927 To Mrs. G. Harris from her friend, Julius Rolshoven”.  The pastel is in excellent original condition and is framed under UV-protective museum glass in a hand-carved white-gold modernist frame by Goldleaf Framemakers of Santa Fe.

Price $6,750

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