13. Ralph Pearson (1883–1958). “Taos Pueblo,” 1920.
Etching, no. 61. Plate: 5 x 9 1/2." Sheet: 7 1/2 x 12." Signed, l.r. Titled, l.l. “Second State,” l.c. Bright example. Fine.
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“By his writings as well as by his work, Pearson has probably done more than anyone to encourage an escape, in etching, from the deadness of traditional presentation.”
— James Laver
“Ralph M. Pearson, a painter and etcher who had been liberated by the Armory show from “the straitjacket of convention,” took up residence on a ranch south of Taos in 1915. Pearson apparently brought his etching press to the ranch either in 1915 or shortly thereafter, for by 1918 he had produced a number of etchings sufficient for an exhibition in Santa Fe. . . . Among dated prints in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts [Museum of New Mexico], the earliest made in the state are an etching by Pearson and a lithograph by Sandzen, both from 1919.”
— Clinton Adams
Ralph M. Pearson studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, under C. F. Browne and Vanderpoel and was a member of the Art Students League of Chicago, the Chicago Society of Etchers, the New York Society of Etchers, California Art Club, the California Society of Etchers, and the Brooklyn Society of Etchers. His etchings garnered awards from the Chicago Society of Etchers (1914), the Pan Pacific Exposition, San Francisco (1915), the American Bookplate Society (1917) and the California Print Maker’s Society (1922). He also wrote on the arts and published How to See Modern Pictures (1925), Fifty Prints of the Year (1927), and a monthly column called “The Artist’s Point of View” in The Forum magazine.
Ralph Pearson’s etchings are held in a number of important collections including the Museum of New Mexico, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Museum of Fine Arts, the New York Public Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Mobile Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, and Columbia University.
Ref: Clinton Adams, Printmaking in New Mexico: 1880–1990 (1991); James Laver, A History of British and American Etching (1929).