CARLOS VIERRA 1st member of Santa Fe Art Colony watercolor Donkey w/ firewood

This is an original watercolor by New Mexico artist Carlos Vierra (1876-1937) of the burro train

arriving in Santa Fe w ith a burden of firewood for the kiva. There is an adobe building in the

background at upper right. Piece is signed lower right, matted in a vintage frame. Not dated, but

Vierra was in New Mexico beginning in 1904. Size is 3 1/2" x 9 3/4".

Biography from the Archives of askART: Known as the founder of the art colony in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Carlos Vierra was an early traveler throughout the West and was the first professional Caucasian artist to make Santa Fe his home. He is credited with the preservation of the city's unique atmosphere because of his insuring that the old style of pueblo architecture and historic landmarks were maintained.
Vierra was the son of a Portuguese sailor and was born and raised in Moss Landing, California near Monterey. He studied art in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Institute and with Gottardo Piazzoni, and determined to go to New York for further study, boarded an old wooden ship that sailed around Cape Horn. The trip took six months, and he struggled to survive financially in New York, but finally achieved success as a cartoonist and marine painter.
Just when he was beginning to feel secure about his future, he developed serious lung problems,
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