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    Donald Stanley Vogel (American, 1917-2004)
    Fit to be Tied, 1998
    Oil on Masonite
    36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
    Signed lower right: D. Vogel
    Signed and inscribed on the reverse: D-Vogel / 240D / D0240

    From the Vogel Family Collection

    EXHIBITED:
    Valley House Gallery, Dallas, n.d.

    Born in Milwaukee, Donald Vogel (1917-2004) lived a peripatetic life as a youth, first moving to Pittsburgh, then to New York, followed by moves to back to Milwaukee, to Cary, Illinois, to San Antonio, and then to rural Virginia. He first studied art at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. After graduating from high school in San Antonio, he worked odd jobs to afford enrolling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During the Depression he worked for the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project.

    To escape the grime of Chicago and sensing the potential for the art scene in Dallas, he moved there in 1942. Vogel had his first solo exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts the following year. Having worked in theatre in Chicago, he first worked as technical and art director the Dallas Little Theatre before returning to easel painting. In 1951 he urged his friend Betty McLean to open a contemporary art gallery in Dallas under her own name. Three years later, Vogel and his wife took over the gallery, renaming it Valley House Gallery.

    In his mature work-examples of which are seen here-Vogel's paintings are, as he called them "personal inventions." He did not paint from models so the figures, flowers, interiors, in his paintings all sprang from his imagination. Through his paintings, Vogel hoped to "establish a gentle intimacy between [himself] and those who wished to involve themselves." In many respects, his paintings had a stronger connection to artists of the Fort Worth circle such as Dickson Reeder and Michael Frary-evoking a similar "magic realism" -than with the Dallas Regionalists. This philosophy aligns his paintings with the French painters of the early 20th century called Les Nabis (The Prophets), whose "intimate poetry of everyday life" Donald Vogel brought to Texas.


    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    Framed Dimensions 45 X 57 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    October, 2021
    23rd Saturday
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