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Agnes Pelton (1881-1961), The Voice, originally titled The Voice of Silence, 1930; oil on canvas, 26 x 21 in.; Bequest of Raymond Jonson, Raymond Jonson Collection, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque

Agnes Pelton (1881-1961), The Voice, originally titled The Voice of Silence, 1930; oil on canvas, 26 x 21 in.; Bequest of Raymond Jonson, Raymond Jonson Collection, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque

Considered to be synesthetic, Agnes Pelton painted sound as colors and forms as they appeared to her visually. She exhibited two “Imaginative Paintings” in The Armory Show in1913. In the winter of 1919, she visited Taos as a guest of Mabel Dodge Sterne, and began to concentrate on realistic portraiture and landscape oil painting, as well as pastels of Native Americans and desert landscapes. She was a Member of the Transcendental Painting Group with Raymond Jonson, Emil Bisttram, Florence Miller Pierce, and Horace Towner Pierce.