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Albert Herman Schmidt (American, 1885-1957), Dusty Paths, oil on canvas board, signed, 20th century

Albert Herman Schmidt (American, 1885-1957), Dusty Paths, oil on canvas board, signed, 20th century

Item Description:

Signed lower right "A. H. Schmidt", "Clover Brand" label affixed to the reverse, in gilt frame


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Gifted to the aunt of the artist, Emma

Inherited by descent to Vivian Fahlberg, daughter of the above

Inherited by descent to current owner, 2010


Sight: Height 19.625 in. x Width 15.625 in.

Frame: Height 22.5 in. x Width 18.625 in. x Depth 1.25 in.

About The Artist:

Albert Herman Schmidt was an American painter known for his depictions of New Mexico and his early involvement in the Santa Fe Art Colony in the 1920s. He was born in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. After his studies, Schmidt exhibited at the Institute for a few years before continuing his education at the Academie Julian School in Paris, France. During his time in Paris, the Fauvists, an avant-garde group that valued bold, spontaneous colors over accurate representation of a subject, were gaining popularity. Much of Schmidt's work reflects this style.

Schmidt was also influenced by the American Impressionism movement which was at the height of its popularity when he returned to the United States. After returning to the United States, Schmidt exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design in New York, and at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, California.

Schmidt settled in Santa Fe in 1921 and in 1923, the New Mexico Painters artist group was formed. Schmidt exhibited with the group and in other group exhibitions through to the 1950s. Over his long career, Schmidt had several touring solo exhibitions as well as a memorial retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe in 1958. After this retrospective, Schmidt's widow took his work off public view. His granddaughter rediscovered many of these paintings in 1992. Subsequently the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico held a major exhibition of this work in 1993. Schmidt's work is held in the collections of the Albuquerque Museum and the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe.

Undoubtedly a Southwestern landscape, this painting depicts a tree lined dirt road. The trees are believed to be purple leaf plums which flower in New Mexico valleys. The dusty path leads the viewer's eye towards the mountains.


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