Agnes Gabrielle Tait (American, 1894-1981), Market in Oaxaca, Mexico, – Lofty Marketplace
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Agnes Gabrielle Tait (American, 1894-1981), Market in Oaxaca, Mexico, oil on canvas, signed

Agnes Gabrielle Tait (American, 1894-1981), Market in Oaxaca, Mexico, oil on canvas, signed

Item Description:

Signed "Agnes Tait" lower center, framed


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame.


Private collection


Sight: Height 29 in. x Width 23 in.

Frame: Height 34 in. x Width 28 in.

About The Artist:

Born in Greenwich Village in New York City, Agnes Tait was a painter of landscapes, figures, portraits and decorative panels, as well as a print maker and children's book illustrator. She painted in the Romantic Realist style, with some of her works being allegorical.

Book illustrations include 'Heidi' in 1947 and 'Paco's Miracle' in 1961. Tait was an active WPA (Federal Arts Project) artist in the 1930s, for which she executed what is today considered her most famous work, "Skating in Central Park" (Smithsonian American Art Museum). She married journalist William McNulty in 1933, and in 1941, moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she died in 1981. She traveled extensively, spending time in Europe, Mexico, and other parts of the United States.

This depiction of a Mexican market is a lively, colorful scene that conveys the cheerfulness of a sunny day. It was possibly painted during one of Tait's many travels to Mexico. In this work, Tait displayed her illustrative style and her keen attention to detail. Each fruit on the fruit stand is individually recognizable as well as the other wares in the small stalls. The tight brushwork captures even the smallest details, like the balcony railing in the background. All of these details come together to make up a single scene. The result is the creation of a single work that accurately conveys the variety and the bustling nature of the crowded Oaxaca market.


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