Adeïne de La Noë Estate Catalogue 2018

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Adeïne de La Noë (1914-1987)



Early Modern to Contemporary

Paintings, drawings and prints, from the Estate of Adeïne de La Noë (1914-1987)

1335 Gusdorf Rd . Suite i . Taos NM . 575.751.1262 .

Adeïne de La Noë (1914 - 1987) Born in France and educated at the Beaux Arts in Lille and the Grande Chaumière in Paris, Adeïne de La Noë emigrated to the United States in 1956. She studied at the Art Students League, as well as with the well known Abstract Expressionist Hans Hoffmann for two years, moving to Taos in 1961 for a residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation. She was a strong and welcome addition to the group of modern artists, the Taos Moderns, who were already well established by 1961, and she became good friends with several of these artists, including Agnes Martin. Adeïne would remain in Taos until the end of her life, becoming an active member of the Taos art colony and one of Taos' most respected artist. Similar to many artists in Taos, de La Noë stayed because of the incredible light. Her paintings transport that light from our eyes to a spirit world and back again. The last time her work was exhibited on this scale, with over 25 works represented in oil, watercolor, drawings, and prints, was at her memorial 30 year retrospective at the Harwood Museum of Art in 1988. Highly influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York, she painted non-figurative and landscape work with her later works being mostly of color fields.


Abstract Spring Landscape, 23 3/4 x 29 1/4", oil on masonite, c. 1980s


Arches No. 12, 30 x 36", oil on canvas, c. 1980s


Hot Spring, 36 x 40", oil on canvas, c. 1960s


Tide 1, 18 x 14", oil on canvas, c. 1960s


Untitled No. 2, 66 x 48", oil on masonite, c. 1960s

Details of Untitled No. 2


Aspens Series No.10, 28.5 x 22.5", c. 1970s serigraph with watercolor ed. 4/10


Aspen Series No. 60, 30 x 48", oil & collage on canvas, c. 1970s


Breathless, 37 x 41", oil on canvas, c. 1960s


Latitude No. 3, 17 1/2 x 23 1/4", ink on paper, 1963

Adeïne de La Noë As one of the later Taos Moderns, Adeïne was most directly influenced by Abstract Expressionism in her landscapes and non-figurative paintings, both directly based on forms in nature. "All I do is influenced by nature," she once told an interviewer. For her, this included sometimes incorporating natural objects such as river-washed gravel into her paintings with a heavy palette knife and gravel texture technique, as well as delicate translucent washes. Within her canvases we find the tumbling cosmos, floating petals in the wind, all the beauty, turbulence, and frailty of the human condition. Adeïne was more interested in the emotion that propelled her work to completion, rather than the "idea" itself. "Follow the painting rather than the idea in mind" was how she described her method of abstraction. There is an uncanny sense of balance here as compositional and chromatic values "push and pull" in and out of the picture plane.

Sources: 1) The Taos News, Thursday, July 7,1988: Arts Elusive Minimalist Honored with a Memorial at Harwood, By Linda Tasch Contributor 2) "Modernists in Taos from Dasburg to Martin", by David L. Witt


Shooting Star No. 5, 40 x 40", oil with mixed media on canvas, c. 1960s


Snowing, 39 x 40", oil with mixed media on canvas, c. 1960s


Arches No. 15, 24 x 36", oil on canvas, c. 1960


Glacier Bay, 36 x 40", oil on canvas


Fleurs, 30 x 24", oil with mixed media on canvas, c. 1960s


Untitled Canyon, 24 x 30", oil on masonite, c. 1980s


Untitled Red Hills, Abiqui, 9 x 10", watercolor on paper


Lake Powell, 24 x 29 3/4", oil on masonite, c. 1960s


Snowing No. 8, 17 1/2 x 23 1/2", ink on paper, unframed, 1961


Clouds, 35 x 42", oil with mixed media on canvas, c.1960s


Taos Pueblo, 41 x 34", oil on canvas, c. 1960s


Before Snow, 17 x 22", ink on paper, unframed, 1964


Untitled Snowing, 40 x 40", oil on canvas, c. 1960s


Untitled Abstract Yellow & Blue, 15 x 12", oil on canvas, c. 1960s


Arches No. 10, 24 x 36", oil on canvas, c. 1960s


Sophie is Happy, 26 x 30", oil on canvas


Full Moon #3, 10 3/4 x 10 1/2", etching with watercolor

Thank you to Ed Thomas & Jeanne Gordon-Thomas, owners and caretakers of the artist's Estate. Both Ed and his mother Mariana Thomas had a long and special relationship with the artist, and because of her they came to love living in Taos. "Mariana was a collector of both ancient and modern art and had become a client and friend of Adeïne de la Noë of Talpa. Adeïne and her niece Eveline lived in an old and well broken-in adobe just off of highway 518. We hit it off right away. My ready-made family and I moved into the notorious Sager compound just a short walk down the road from Adeïne. I had already been exposed to Adeine’s art, which was well represented in my architect mothers modernist home in Ft. Worth. Adeine’s adobe house and separate studio were on a hillside slope on the north side of an arroyo facing south that had a treacherous connecting path in the snowy winters. Unhappy with that hazardous winter journey to her studio, she later undertook to dig a tunnel from her living room in the adobe down into the studio. She wasn’t young and spry, but it would have been a fool’s errand to stand in her way once she made up her mind." Ed Thomas

Taos News obituary, Oct. 8th, 1987 Adeïne de La Noë, abstract artist, dies. Adeïne de La Noë, considered one of Taos's finest abstract artists, died Monday (Oct. 8th) at Holy Cross Hospital. She was 78. A self-described "French country girl," de La Noë moved to Taos in 1961, became an American citizen in 1979 and made Talpa her country home. Born and raised in Roubaix, France, Adeïne de La Noë describes herself as a "simple country girl." In 1936 and 1937 she studied at the Beaux Arts, Lille, France, winning prizes and praise. The next year she painted a mural for the Press Pavillion at the International Fair at Lille. She also studied for a time in Paris. Adeine came to the U.S. in 1956 and studied under Maurice Kantor and Hans Hoffman in New England. The Pratt school in New York "'awarded Miss de La Noë a scholarship for 1960-1961. She also attended the Blatt Potterie Ceramique. Soon afterwards, she made Taos her home. Miss de La Noë works in oil, watercolor, pastel and papier-mache, as well as making jewelry out of a great variety of materials. The Charleston Gazette in 1965 wrote of her: "The spirit of the artist who is a human being first and last, comes through simply because the elements of the painting (the line, color, space, form, energy) are not just elements, but rather expressive elements addressed to the celebration and problem of being human."

Screen shots, Taos News coverage of Adeïne de La Noë's long and illustrious career and Taos.

The Taos News from Taos, New Mexico on July 7, 1988 · Page 22 ... Jul 7, 1988· B4 THE TAGS NEWS Thursday.July 7,1988 Arts Elusive minimalist honored with memorial at Harwood By Linda Tasch Contributor A memorial show for Adeine de La Noe is being presented by the Harwood Foundation Museum on Ledoux Street from July 2-Aug. 13. The ex, hibit, consisting of 20 oil and ...

The Taos News from Taos, New Mexico on June 30, 1977 · Page 17 / ... Jun 30, 19n • De ■ I Noe to show The elusive, quivering fragility of the aspen is amoog the themes included in■ one-person show of the work of Adeine do la Noe to open Saturday (July 2i at the Stables Gallery. De la Noe will include in her show work in metallics. collage and silkscreen all executed over the past nine ...

The Taos News from Taos, New Mexico on December 5, 1973 · Page 10 ... Dec 5, 1973 · Wednesday, December 5, 1973 TS Funds raised (or sending Indian children to opera TO SHOW - Abstracts by Adeine De la Noe, Taos artist, will be exhibited at the new gallery, La nendita Prancesa, on East Kit Carson Street beginning Friday, Dec. 7. A reception will be Friday from 4•7 p.m. Miss De la ...

The Taos News from Taos, New Mexico on January 24, 1973 · Page 7 / • Jan 24, 1973 • 1; Buff Haney, owned by Georgette Ely, "Landscape '56,' Clay Spohn, "Jeune Fille" Lenor Finis, "Drawing; Agnes Martin, loaned by Wolcott Ely; "Wall to Wall; Mario Larrinaga, "Untitled,' Adeine De La Noe, "Seated Figure; Ramon Rogent, from the collection of Mrs. Eric Gibberd. "Flower Series; Andy ...

The Taos News from Taos, New Mexico on September 24, 1987 ... Sep 24, 1987 • THB TAOS NEWS Thursday, Sept. 24,1987 85 Fall Arts Festival predicts a lucky 131h year By BilIto Blair Organizers of the Fall Festival of Arts are predicting a lucky IB. It is the 13th year of the father of all New Mexico arts festivals. But it Is the best possible con· flgutttian of times, and the weatherman predicts ...

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