Art Abstracts: Cienega by Josef Bakos

Looking for the answer to Art Abstracts?? You’ve come to the right place. It’s Cienega by Jozef Bakos!

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Josef Bakos, U.S., 1891-1977 | Cienega, 1940 | Tempera on panel, 28 x 34 in. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art | the University of Oklahoma, Norman | WPA Collection, 1943

Why is this work relevant this week? It’s being featured in tomorrows Art After Noon! At this 12:30 event you’ll get acquainted with art acquired by Oscar B. Jacobson for the museum’s permanent collection. You are invited to bring your lunch–it lasts for 30 minutes–dessert and drinks will be provided. Museum Director Mark White will be presenting on Cienega, 1942, a work by Jozef Bakos (1878-1955)

Bakos helped to found the Santa Fe artist group Los Cinco Pintores (The Five Painters) in 1921. Cienega was created while Bakos was working for the national relief program, the Works Progress Administration.

Jacobson was instrumental in acquiring WPA works for the collection through his advisement of the WPA’s Federal Art Project for Oklahoma.

Cienega is Spanish for “a place of one hundred waters” and it refers to a spring and related marsh that supplies water to the Santa Fe River Canyon at the foot of the Caja del Rio. The area lay south from Santa Fe, the city of residence for Bakos. Like most FAP artists, Bakos was encouraged to paint areas of local history, and La Cienega had been the site of the historic ranch, El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Bakos arrived in New Mexico in 1921 and joined a growing colony of artists there. That same year, he helped found the group Los Cinco Pintores (the Five Painters). He was an important member of the Santa Fe colony for the rest of his career.

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