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    Robert Wood (English/American, 1889-1979)

    Bluebonnets Near San Angelo
    Undated
    Oil on canvas
    Signed lower right: Robert Wood
    17-1/2 x 23-1/2 inches (44.5 x 59.7 cm)

    Robert Wood's Texas landscapes are highly sought-after works, especially his Texas paintings such as Bluebonnets Near San Angelo. Born in Sandgate, England, he put down roots in San Antonio, Texas and became most famous for his beautiful pictures of central Texas, especially those that included the state flower, the bluebonnet. The son of a Victorian artist, Wood was a prolific painter of America's scenic beauty. Professionally trained at Folkstone, he set off for America with his friend Claude Waters first to Illinois and then on to Los Angeles by hopping freight trains and selling small paintings to make his way across America, chronicling the landscape with his brush.

    But it was after he found a home in San Antonio with his wife Eyssel that his career literally blossomed. Texas became his adopted home and he threw himself into his work of painting Texas landscapes. He studied with the noted and professionally trained Mexican artist Jose Arpa while making himself aware of the earlier Texas artists' works as well. He soon fell in love with the Texas scenery, particularly with scenes of the Texas state flower, the Blue Lupin, better known as the bluebonnet.

    In this Bluebonnets Near San Angelo, Wood's oil on canvas is one of his more impressionist works he completed later in life as his fame spread worldwide. Wood was an old-school artist who spent much time outdoors and painted on location. Here he incorporates his signature bluebonnets and Texas Red Oak near the central Texas city of San Angelo. Wood was a master of the palette of the colors of central Texas and never tired of capturing its beauty. In this composition he uses a broad brush with a masterful use of color in the bluebonnets, the texture of the stone and the Texas sky.

    As his notoriety grew, Wood moved to the artist community of Laguna Beach and eventually to Woodstock, New York but returned to California where he produced a large body of work, painting up until his death in 1979 as he approached his 90th birthday. Even after leaving Texas he continued completing works of his beloved former home and bluebonnets. His popularity was so great that the American Express company commissioned him to produce a set of six limited edition serigraphs for their cardholders with printmakers eagerly copying his works which graced the walls of millions of homes around the world.


    Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000.

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    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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