DescriptionJULIAN ONDERDONK (American, 1882-1922)
Bluebonnets at Sunrise
Oil on board
13-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches (34.3 x 24.1 cm)
Signed lower right: Julian Onderdonk
Bluebonnets at Sunrise has the quality of light and atmosphere found in Julian Onderdonk's beautiful depictions of bluebonnets blanketed in mist, as dawn begins to glow on the horizon. Indeed, this painting subject has been rendered in a particularly hazy manner, giving the painting an almost abstract quality, which, when combined with its fairly unusual vertical composition, makes it a very special example of his work.
"There are bluebonnet paintings, and then there are bluebonnet paintings. Certain Julian Onderdonk paintings transcend the pejorative designations; this is one of those works." -- Michael Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.
Julian Onderdonk was a native of San Antonio and the son of the artist Robert Jenkins Onderdonk. In 1901, at the age of nineteen, he moved to New York City and attended several art schools. He then studied plein-air painting with William Merritt Chase at his summer school in Shinecock, New York. After returning home to Texas in 1909, Onderdonk enjoyed considerable success during his lifetime. He became best known for his paintings of bluebonnets, but he also loved to depict the Texas Hill Country in all its incarnations. Unfortunately, he suffered an early death at the age of forty. In 2008, the Dallas Museum of Art held an exhibition entitled "Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist," which has further established his work as the most admired and sought-after of the early Texas artists.
Faint craquelure throughout, most visble in sky region; scattered minor points on in-painting in sky region; linear line of in-painting along the middle of right vertical edge and an area on the left middle vertical edge; small point of flaking above artist's signature. Framed Dimensions 19.25 X 15.25 Inches
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