Old Church, Ranchos de Taos

Marion Patterson Beard (American, 1909-1988)

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The massive old adobe church at Ranchos de Taos is among the most painted and photographed buildings in the United States.

Beard, a lifelong Indiana resident and art teacher at Vincennes High School, travelled to New Mexico, Mexico and Guatemala in search of subjects which she exhibited annually with the American Watercolor Society in the 1940s.

The artist, Marion Patterson Beard; Estate of Marion Patterson Beard; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1989.

Object Information

Marion Patterson Beard (American, 1909-1988)
creation date
about 1943
watercolor on off-white paper
15 1/8 x 22 1/2 in.
mark descriptions
signed in ink, L.L.: Marion L. Patterson
accession number
credit line
Gift from the Estate of Marion Patterson Beard
© Marion Patterson Beard
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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