Juanita Lucero, of Taos Pueblo, is probably best known for her modeling work with the early Taos, New Mexico, artists. She is particularly well-known as the model for Catharine Critcher's 1924 portrait titled, "Juanita Lucero and Her Children." Probably due to their close association with the early Taos Society of Artists (and others), several male artists from Taos Pueblo began working in oils, employing both perspective and shadowing (mostly missing from the so-called "Santa Fe School"). Of these Taos Pueblo artists, Albert Looking Elk, Albert Lujan, Juan Mirabal, and Sam Martinez, are most commonly referenced. Juanita Lucero is one of the few Taos Pueblo women artists known of and is almost certainly one of the first resident Taos Pueblo women painters.
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