The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Raymond Jonson

Raymond Jonson, The Mystery, 1937

Raymond Jonson (American, 1891-1982)
The Mystery 1937
Oil on board
Museum Purchase

Inspired by Santa Fe’s landscape and burgeoning artist community, Raymond Jonson settled there in 1924. He became a founding member of the Transcendentalists, an artist group whose aim was, “to carry painting beyond the appearance of the physical world…to imaginative realms that are idealistic and spiritual.”

Believing in the universality and emotive qualities of art, his words still hold resonance today, “Around us we have realism, strife, pain and greed. I wish to present the other side of life, namely the feeling of order, joy and freedom.”