Colorado & Regional Art

Toltec Gorge

Toltec Gorge

Year 1906

Artist Charles Henry Harmon (1859–1936, American)

Media oil on canvas

Dimensions 45 x 29 inches

Charles Henry Harmon was born in Mansfield, Ohio on December 23, 1859 and moved to San Jose, California with his family in 1874. He apprenticed to a local portrait painter but otherwise had no formal training in art. He began exhibiting his work in San Jose in the 1880s and by 1900 had established a reputation as a painter of California landscapes and coastal scenes. In 1905 he established a studio in Denver and began commissions for a number of railroad companies, painting scenes along their routes to be used for advertising. Toltec Gorge runs along the Rio de los Pinos in northern New Mexico, just south of the Colorado border. The Denver & Rio Grande laid narrow gauge tracks along the rim of the canyon in 1880. Harmon returned to San Jose, where he died in 1936.  His work can be found in museums in California and Colorado and the Denver Public Library.

ON VIEW in Art Nouveau Gallery 4

Signature Signed "Chas H Harmon '06" lower left corner

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art; Gift of Julie and Robert Lewis

Accession Number 2016.65.002