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Artist: William Lumpkins (1909 - 2000 Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1936
Medium: watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
7 x 14 in. (17.8 x 35.6 cm)
Classification: Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of William Lumpkins
Object number: PC1990.64.5
DescriptionAbstract composition with thick lines and vaguely geometric shapes in overlapping shades of green, blue, and brown.
Not on view
Label Text:William Lumpkins was by trade an architect, building the first modern passive solar adobe home in New Mexico, in 1934. It unfortunately was lost to a fire soon after, prompting a move to Santa Fe. There, he met groundbreaking artist,Transcendental Painting Group-founder, and later UNM professor, Raymond Jonson, who was selling art supplies out of his garage. Lumpkins subsequently had a stunning encounter with American modernist John Marin’s abstract watercolor landscapes. As an artist, these influences prompted him to change his aesthetic goals, and he began working non-objectively, continuing to work in that manner for the next five decades. Lumpkins’ intriguing watercolors reflect his lifelong Buddhist practice and his quiet, thoughtful personality.

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