Born in 1887, Dasburg was a pioneer among American modernist painters. After study at the Art Students League in New YOrk, he went to Paris in 1909, where he visited the studio of Matisse, met Leo and Gertrude Stein and, most importantly, saw the paintings of Cézanne at Vollard's gallery. Upon returning to New York, he exhibited four works in the Armory Show of 1913. Dasburg first came to New Mexico in 1916 to visit his friend, Maurice Sterne. The structured mountains and valleys of Taos provided Dasburg with the motif which was to be dominant in his work for more than fifty years. The Taos Series, which he made at Tamarind at age 87, were his first published lithographs.