Bert G. Phillips
(1868 - 1956)
In 1898, at the age of 30, Bert Phillips settled in Taos, becoming the first Anglo artist to choose New Mexico as his year-round home. By 1915 Phillips was joined by his friends: Ernest L. Blumenschein, Joseph Henry Sharp, E. Irving Couse, Oscar Berninghaus, and W. Herbert Dunton. Together they created the nucleus of the Taos Society of Artists. Though he studied widely abroad, including at the Academie Julian in Paris, Phillips is best known for depicting the people of his adopted home, in particular his Native Pueblo and Spanish neighbors and friends. Today Bert Phillips's paintings are held in many world-class collections, including those of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the Philbrook Art Museum, and the Gilcrease Museum.