Storm Over Grand Canyon
Oil on Canvas
27 x 36 in
Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) was born in Hungary and immigrated to New York City with his family at 11. It wasn’t until his mid-30s that he visited Taos, but he fell in love with the area and would become a major player in the art colony when he moved there a year later.
In 1933 Bisttram helped open the first art gallery in Taos and in 1938 he co-founded the Transcendental Painting Group, a collective of local painters that was influenced by Kandinsky and other early abstract expressionists
In this painting, Bisttram abstracts a Southwestern vista into a series of flowing lines, drawing from his abstract vocabulary to get a fresh perspective on his dramatic surroundings.
Check out our biography of Emil Bisttram.