We had a wonderful piece come in for appraisal today, a watercolor by Gene Kloss (1902-1996). Gene started with etching while at at UC Berkeley, where she graduated in 1924. After marrying poet Phillips Kloss in 1925, she furthered her art studies at the CSFA and CCAC.
She continued spending winters in Berkeley after settling in Taos, NM in 1925. Nationally known for her etchings of Southwestern subjects, she also produced many watercolors and oils. Mrs. Kloss died in Taos on June 24,1996.
Most of Gene’s original work sells at Fine Arts auctions, where it’s rare for a watercolor by her to sell for less than $3500.00, works comparable by her to the one shown often go in the $5000.00- $7000.00 range.