LOT 181

Bettina Steinke


Gathering for the Basket Dance

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

DIMENSIONS: 20 x 26 inches

Signed and dated 81 lower right


SOLD FOR: $11,115.00

Including Buyers Premium

Additional Information

Colorado Historical Society, Denver, CO

Sotheby’s, New York, NY, 2021

Like so many artists raised on the East Coast who were lured to the West, Bettina Steinke took one look at the people, the sky and culture of the Southwest and knew she had found a new home. The artist was raised in New York City, where she found early acclaim painting portraits of all 108 members of the NBC orchestra. She also did portraits of John Wayne, Joel McCrea and other celebrities. In New Mexico, where she lived in Taos and later Santa Fe, Steinke worked with many younger artists, including Loren Entz and Martin Grelle, as they started their careers. By many accounts, Steinke is the only woman artist ever considered for membership of the Cowboy Artists of America. She painted hundreds of portraits, but was also known for her nudes and street scenes.


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