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Victor Higgins (1884 - 1949)
 "Autumn Reflection"  "Pinyon Hills"
"On the Way Home"   "Flowers"

 "Pinyon Hills" "Santa Barbra"

 "Widower"  "Taos in Winter"
 "Valdez"  "Flowers and Ferns"

 "Ruins"  "Rio Grande"
"Small Landscape" "Pueblo Woman"
 "Courtyard in Desert""Afternoon Shadows"

"Santa Barbara" Framed "Taos in Winter"  Framed
 "Widower"  Framed "Arroyo"  Framed
"Afternoon Shadows" Framed "Autumn Reflection"  Framed
"Courtyard in Desert"  Framed "Rio Grande" watercolor Framed

 "Flowers"  Framed "Pinyon Hills"  Framed
 "On the Way Home" Framed "Pueblo Woman"  Framed
 "Rio Grande" watercolor Framed "Small Landscape"  Framed 

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Victor Higgins (1884 - 1949) 

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Higgins said of Taos: "Here is the oldest of American civilizations.  The manners and customs and style of architecture are the same today that they were before Christ was born.  They offer the painter a subject as full of the fundamental qualities of life as did the Holy Land."

Higgins said Taos captured him "because of the light. There is the best light to be found anywhere. There is more color in the landscape and the people than elsewhere. And besides this there is the constant call here to create something."

Victor Higgins, the most modern painter of the Taos Society of Artists, came to Taos from Chicago in 1914. Having been born and raised on a small Indiana farm, Higgins found his artistic calling at nine years old when a traveling artist who painted ads on the side of barns introduced the young boy to painting and taught him about museums. This introduction inspired Higgins to save his allowance, and at the age of fifteen he was granted his family’s permission to attend the Chicago Art Institute. While in Chicago, the former city mayor and avid art collector Carter Harrison befriended the budding painter, and generously agreed to support Higgins while he took his studies to Europe. In Paris, Victor met Walter Ufer (another recipient of Carter Harrison’s artistic sponsorship), and the two became fast friends. 

After returning to Chicago in 1914, Harrison sent the pair to Taos, NM, for a year in exchange for new works. For Higgins, the move became permanent in 1915, and he would join the fledgling Taos Society of Artists in 1917. While participating in Taos Society group exhibitions, Higgins began to impart a modernist flavor into his paintings, and is credited with bringing modernism to realism. His talent for experimental landscapes garnered him many awards during this time, including The First Logan Prize at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the First Altman Prize at the National Academy of Design in New York. 
His primary relationship seemed to be with his painting, although Higgins was briefly married to Sheldon Parsons’ daughter, Sara, and then later to Marion Koogler McNay of San Antonio, Texas. It was late in Higgins’ life that he produced what many consider to be his best paintings, a series of oils aptly referred to as “Little Gems.” Working out of the trunk of his car in his signature three piece suit, Higgins painted small landscapes that his good friend and fellow artist Ernest Blumenschein described as “All works of love: love of his simple subjects and of his craftsmanship.” 
In 1949, while dining at the home of friends and fellow Taos artists, Thomas and Dorothy Benrimo, Victor Higgins succumbed to a fatal heart attack. He was the last survivor of the first seven Taos Society members, and his passing marked for many the end of a Taos era.


Higgins was born in Shelbyville, Indianapolis, on June 28, 1884.

He moved to Chicago in 1899.

Higgins studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1899.

In 1908 he traveled to New York.

He went to California in 1910, then returned to New York.

Later in 1910 Higgins traveled to Paris and Munich to study art.

He returned to America in 1912.

In 1913, he returned to Chicago.

From 1910 to 1914 Higgins studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumier in Paris.

In 1914, Higgins went to Taos to paint landscapes on commission.

In 1915 he was elected into the Taos Society of Artists.

In 1918 he won the First Logan Prize at the Art Institute of Chicago and the First Altman Prize at the National Academy of Design, New York for his work "Fiesta Day". 

From 1917-1923 he was a teacher at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1919, Higgins made murals for the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. 

He was elected to the National Academy in 1921.

He exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art's second exhibition in 1929.

In 1935 Higgins was elected as an Academician of the National Academy of Design. 

He died in Taos, New Mexico, Aug. 23, 1949.


Major Art Works include:

"Abiquiu Country"
"A Shrine to St. Anthony"
"Aspen Grove"
"At the River's Edge"
"Baking Bread, Taos"
"Fiesta Day,"
"Floral Still Life"
"Four Shawled Women"
"House on the Hill"
"Indian at Stream" 
"Juanito, the Suspicious Cat"
"Moorland Gorse and Bracken"
"Moorland Piper"
"Mountain Landscape, NM"
"New Mexico Sky"
"On the Quay"
"Pablita's Gate" or "Sisters"
"Pink and Black"
"Pueblo of Taos"
"Talpa Landscape"
"Taos from the Hillside"
"Taos in Winter"
"Taos, New Mexico"
"Taos Street in Winter"
"The Blue Shawl"
"Valley Town: View of Pueblo Town"
"Walking Rain (Pablita Passes)"
"Women of Taos,"

Major Museum Collections include:

Anschutz Collection
Chicago Union League Club
Harmsen Western Art Collection
Santa Fe Railway
William Foxley Collection-Western

Major Awards include:

The Gold medal of the Palette and Chisel Club of Chicago (1914)
The Chicago Municipal Art League Prize (1915)
The first Logan Medal of the Chicago Art Institute (1918)
The first Altman prizes at the National Academy of Design (1918, 1927, 1932)
Academician of the National Academy of Design in New York in 1935
Trustee of the Harwood Foundation in Taos.

Major Museum Collections include:

Anschutz Collection
Chicago Union League Club
Harmsen Western Art Collection
Santa Fe Railway
William Foxley Collection-Western

Online Important Art Works include:
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"Yellow Bowl"
Stark Museum of Art

"White Flowers"
Stark Museum of Art

"Aspen Trees"
The Athenaeum

"Spring Rains"
Art Institute of Chicago


Victor Higgins (1884 - 1949)    Highest Auction Prices

"Going Home"  Price:     $773,000

"CANYON DRIVE, SANTA FE"   Price:     $769,000

"Ruth"  Price:  $650,000

"The White Gate"  Price:     $461,000

"Pablita's Gate or Sisters"  Price:     $448,000

"Pink and Black"  Price:     $414,400

"Four Shawled Women"  Price:     $411,200

"The Wampum Traders"  Price:     $386,500

"Taos in Winter"  Price:     $315,000

"MOUNTAIN VILLAGE"  Price:     $287,500

Fine Art prices have risen steadily. Please contact the Gallery for the latest prices and current inventory.

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