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Victor Higgins (1884-1949)

 

Victor Higgins was born in Shelbyville, Indiana, in 1884, and at an early age knew he was destined to be an artist.  At the age of 15 he left home for Chicago to briefly attend the Art Institute.  Europe was calling, and Higgins would spend traveling and studying in Munich, where he met up with future Taos artists, Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings.

 

Higgins returned to Chicago in 1912, and his first show at the Palette and Chisel Club was a tremendous success, winning national attention and the coveted Gold Medal.  The seminal Armory Show in New York the following year was influential in Higgins life, as he would spend the next few years working through several layers of modernist representation.

 

Afforded the opportunity through the goodwill of Chicago patrons, Higgins make himself a full-time resident of Taos in 1915, and joining the Taos Society of Artists two years later.  His Pueblo paintings depicting the unstaged simplicity and dignity of the culture were popular in his day, and Higgins was a commercially successful artist in his own time.  Victor Higgins remained a popular figure in Taos until his death in 1949.



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