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    Alexandre Hogue (American, 1898-1994)
    Glen Rose, 1926
    Oil on canvas laid on Masonite
    16-1/4 x 20-1/4 inches (41.3 x 51.4 cm)
    Signed lower right: Alexandre / Hogue

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF MILDRED MCKNIGHT

    EXHIBITED:
    Art Museum of South Texas, A&M University, Corpus Christie, Texas, "Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary," January 14-April 3, 2011;
    Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, Texas, "Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary," September 24-November 27, 2011.

    Born at Memphis, Missouri, Hogue moved as an infant with his family to Denton, Texas, where his mother taught him about "Mother Earth" while she gardened. Englishwoman Elizabeth Hillyar gave him his first art training in Denton, stressing mass over outline. He also often visited his sister's ranch near Dalhart in the Texas Panhandle. After high school, Hogue did commercial art in Minneapolis in 1918, taking night classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
    Returning to Dallas in 1919, Hogue perfected his commercial art skills before venturing to New York from 1921 to 1925. While still living in New York, Hogue returned to the Southwest in the summers of 1921, 1922, and 1923, to study with Texas impressionist Frank Reaugh (1860-1945). Hogue also visited Taos, New Mexico, regularly in the 1920s, befriending artists W. Herbert Dunton, Andrew Dasburg, Oscar E. Berninghaus, and Ernest Blumenschein. After an initial visit in 1920, and sporadic visits over the next few years, between 1926 and 1930 he spent from three to seven months each year at Taos.
    The Taos art colony inspired Hogue to attempt to create a similar colony near Glen Rose, Texas, in the late 1920s, according to Hogue scholar Susie Kalil. Hogue taught sketching classes for the Y.W.C.A. there and painted the Brazos and Paluxy rivers nearby. Hogue wrote of the "steep bluffs, big trees, and wooded hills" of the region for the Southwest Review in 1929. Hogue exhibited in nearly all the major Texas exhibitions of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. He also showed periodically at the annuals at the National Academy of Design, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and in the Corcoran Biennial, and the 1939 New York World's Fair.
    In Glen Rose, 1926, Hogue flattens his subject with deft, broad slashes of paint turning the landscape into a collage of two-dimensional geometric masses, while still maintaining the initial impression of a realistic landscape. Trees stippled onto the landscape convey depth while the clouds mimic their shape - drawing the eye between the rounded patterned hill and sky towards the straight, geometric ridges in the distance. Hogue is clearly exploring what he coined as "Abstract Realism" in this work. He believed that naturalism or true realism is not possible - that by attempting to create a realistic landscape, the artist naturally changes reality to fit their notion, their interpretation of the subject. Glen Rose is an early indicator of the Abstract Realism masterpieces such as Drouth Striken Area and Mother Earth Laid Bare to come as well as an exceptional example of Hogue's early exploratory period that ties him to his contemporaries in the Early Modernist movement in the Southwest.




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