Julian Onderdonk (American, 1882-1922)
    A Field of Blue Bonnets, San Antonio, Texas, 1921
    Pastel on board
    6 x 14-1/2 inches (15.2 x 36.8 cm) (sight)
    Signed lower right: Julian Onderdonk
    Signed, dated, and titled on the reverse: A Field of Blue Bonnets - / San Antonio, Texas - / Julian Onderdonk / -1921-

    In 1909, after studying art in New York for eight years, Julian Onderdonk returned to Texas. During the following thirteen years, before his tragic death in 1922, Julian would paint the Texas landscape with a skill and sensitivity few, if any, artists have equaled. Julian's father and artist, Robert J. Onderdonk, helped found the Art Student League of New York and studied under William Merritt Chase during his last year there. Robert eventually settled in San Antonio and started a family. When Julian was sixteen years old Robert officially became his first art teacher. The quality of Julian's work is partly due to the formal training he received while attending the Art Student League of New York. It was there that he began taking classes from Chase and later attended Chase's summer art school at Shinnecock, New York. These formative influences helped Julian refine his work and further develop his own brand of American Impressionism, largely inspired by the beauty and grandeur of the Texas landscape.

    Julian's bluebonnet paintings were wildly popular during his lifetime. They inspired the Texas Wildflower exhibitions in San Antonio from 1927 to 1929. This ultimately gave rise to the ubiquitous "Bluebonnet School," which is still prevalent in Texas today, but no other artist has been able to capture the indefinable magic of his interpretations of the Texas landscape. Julian Onderdonk is often categorized as a Texas artist because of the popularity of his breathtaking paintings of the Texas Hill Country but these four paintings show that definition is far too narrow. As the demand for his work grows, both inside and outside of Texas, his paintings are increasingly being recognized as important examples of American Impressionism which transcend any regional classification.

    Condition Report*:

    An approx. 3.5 inch vertical repaired tear at left top edge with a correlating 4 inch horizontal repaired tear extending toward center of work; a possible repaired tear or crack in sky in upper right quadrant. Framed Dimensions 19.5 X 30.5 Inches

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