Leon Gaspard (1882-1964) moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1918 with his new bride, a ballerina from a wealthy family. She ignored her family’s objections to the marriage and after the wedding the couple embarked on their two year honeymoon, traveling through Siberia on horseback.
Most artists that moved to New Mexico paint the people of the Taos Pueblo and the surrounding landscapes, not Gaspard though, he continued to focus on painting small Russian villages and other far off locations. Although the painting in our collection is of New Mexico pine trees.
He did find artistic success as his paintings sold well in US cities. He remained in Taos the rest of his life.