Walter Ufer (1876 - 1936)
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Walter Ufer was an American artist who was born of German immigrant parents and raised in Kentucky. As an artist, however, he was based in Taos, New Mexico. After apprenticing as a lithographer, he traveled to Europe to train in Hamburg and Dresden. When he returned to America, he worked as a printer in Chicago, taught school, and also took fine arts classes. In 1911, he returned to Munich to further study art. In 1914, Ufer returned to the United States, where he landed in Taos, New Mexico. There he became known as one of the "Taos Ten" while associating with the Taos Society of Artists. His most notable works depict scenes of Native American life, specifically of the Pueblo Indians. These paintings became characterized by landscapes that were executed in a high-keyed palette. It wasn't until the 1920s that Ufer gained both critical and commercial success. He showed work at the Carnegie International, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He also became an Academician of the National Academy of Design.