Loren Mozley (1928)
Oil on canvas
"An artist’s creative decisions shape the portraits they paint. Andrew Dasburg began this painting as a portrait of a ranch worker in Taos, New Mexico. When the worker moved away, Dasburg asked his former student Loren Mozley to model. Mozley remembered posing in front of a quilt, but Dasburg ultimately decided to paint him before a simple, gray backdrop. Mozley’s checkered jacket stands out because of this choice. Its pattern likely interested the artist who included similar abstract arrangements in other paintings."