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Julian Onderdonk

Julian Onderdonk


Nationality: American

Born and raised in San Antonio, Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) spent his childhood exploring the South Texas hill country. His father, a painter, also instilled in his son an enthusiasm for sketching and drawing at a young age, and fortunately for Onderdonk, a wealth of possibilities were hiding in the vast landscape of his own backyard.

At the turn of the century when he was 19 years old, Julian left Texas to study at the Art Students League under prominent artists Kenyon Cox, Frank DuMond and Robert Henri. He was also mentored by renowned American Impressionist William Merritt Chase, with whom his father also trained for a period of time. It was under this tutelage that Onderdonk’s style and vision as a young artist was truly cultivated.

In 1902, Julian decided to settle down in New York City to pursue a career as a plein air artist, where he met his wife and soon after became a father. While his personal life flourished, his professional aspirations had not yet come to fruition. Accordingly, Onderdonk and his new family returned to San Antonio, to his natural element where the root of his inspiration was first cultivated, in 1909. Upon his return, Onderdonk stayed true to his heritage and maintained the tonalist style imparted by his father, but also continued to apply the principles and Impressionist approach taught by his mentor, William Chase.

Best-known for his powerful interpretations of the Southwest landscape—with scores of bluebonnet fields, cactus and life oaks with Spanish moss, morning mist lifting into vibrant Texas skies and colors of the changing seasons—Julian Onderdonk’s work first became recognized locally and then, as his reputation as the “Bluebonnet Painter” grew, captivated a wider audience that spread across the country. His last paintings, Dawn in the Hills and Autumn Tapestry, among his most impressive, were on the way to New York for the annual exhibition of the National Academy of Design for 1922 at the time of his death.


Julian Onderdonk Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
JULIAN ONDERDONK (American, 1882-1922) Blue Bonnet Field, Early Morning, San Antonio Texas, 1914 Oil on canvas 30-1/2
JULIAN ONDERDONK (American, 1882-1922)Blue Bonnet Field, Early Morning, San Antonio Texas, 1914Oil on canvas30-1/2...
Lot 76005
Auction 5147
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Julian Onderdonk (American, 1882-1922) Texas Landscape with Bluebonnets Oil on canvas 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
Julian Onderdonk (American, 1882-1922)Texas Landscape with BluebonnetsOil on canvas25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)...
Lot 76001
Auction 5223
Saturday, November 7, 2015
JULIAN ONDERDONK (American, 1882-1922) A Hillside of Blue Bonnets- Early Morning, Near San Antonio Texas, 1916 Oil on...
JULIAN ONDERDONK (American, 1882-1922)A Hillside of Blue Bonnets- Early Morning, Near San Antonio Texas, 1916Oil on ...
Lot 76004
Auction 5147
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Julian Onderdonk (American, 1882-1922) A Field of Blue Bonnets, San Antonio, Texas, 1921 Pastel on board 6 x 14-1/2 i
Julian Onderdonk (American, 1882-1922)A Field of Blue Bonnets, San Antonio, Texas, 1921Pastel on board6 x 14-1/2 i...
Lot 75052
Auction 5329
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Julian Onderdonk (American, 1882-1922) Yellow Sunset Oil on canvas 8-1/2 x 16-1/4 inches (21.6 x 41.3 cm) Signed low
Julian Onderdonk (American, 1882-1922)Yellow SunsetOil on canvas8-1/2 x 16-1/4 inches (21.6 x 41.3 cm)Signed low...
Lot 75053
Auction 5329
Saturday, November 18, 2017

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JULIAN ONDERDONK (American, 1882-1922) Landscape Oil on panel 6 x 9 inches (15.2 x 22.9 cm) Signed lower right: Julian O...
JULIAN ONDERDONK (American, 1882-1922)LandscapeOil on panel6 x 9 inches (15.2 x 22.9 cm)Signed lower right: Julian Onderdonk PROVENANCE:Da
Lot 67019
Auction 5044
Saturday, May 15, 2010

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