Bert Geer Phillips Taos Hunter, 1924 Located in the American West Private Dining Room, J Paul’s Italian Steakhouse

Bert Geer Phillips, a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists, developed a distinctive style influenced by his training in New York and Paris. However, his notable portrayals of Native Americans reflected a deep familiarity with their culture and surroundings.

Phillips, who lived during a period when the United States grappled with its evolving identity and admired cultures rooted in tradition, his paintings of people of color reflected the views of a turn-of-the-century American. He focused on portraying Native Americans untouched by white settlement, presenting them as creative and artistic, echoing the sentiments of a society conflicted about its material progress while valuing cultures with deep traditions.

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