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    Julian Onderdonk (American, 1882-1922)
    Autumn at the Farm
    Oil on canvas
    16 x 24 inches (40.6 x 61.0 cm)
    Signed with pseudonym lower right: Chas. Turner


    In 1909, Julian Onderdonk returned to Texas after studying and working as an artist in New York for eight years. Before his tragic death at the age of forty, Julian painted the landscapes of New York and Texas with a skill and sensitivity few artists have equaled. Julian's father and fellow artist, Robert J. Onderdonk, helped found the Art Student League of New York and studied under William Merritt Chase. Robert eventually settled in San Antonio and started a family. 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.

    In addition to Impressionism, Julian drew inspiration from various styles such as Realism and Tonalism. Elements of Realism are evident in most of his landscapes, a product of his lifelong obsession with the natural world of Texas. His sister and fellow artist, Eleanor, once wrote, "It is impossible to look at any of Julian's paintings and not see the man who looked at nature with wide-open eyes, analyzed, studied and then created." Additionally, many of Julian's paintings show the influence of the earlier Barbizon movement in France and the United States, exemplified by the later paintings of George Inness and the contemporaneous movement dubbed Tonalism. While the foundation of his style is firmly rooted in Impressionism, at least some Tonalist and Realist elements can be found in many of Julian's paintings.

    In 2014, the art world learned Julian, always prolific but perpetually short of funds, used several pseudonyms during his time in New York. In their critically acclaimed book, Julian Onderdonk in New York: The Lost Years, The Lost Paintings, and subsequent exhibition of the same title at the Witte Art Museum in San Antonio, art historians James and Kimel Baker shared years of research documenting Julian's usage of these pseudonyms-most notably "Chas. Turner." Autumn by the Farm is the first example of "Chas. Turner's" work to be offered at auction since the true identity of the artist was revealed. It is a hauntingly beautiful work, embodying the influence of Inness and the Barbizon movements Julian's early career, notably before 1908.

    Julian Onderdonk is often categorized as a Texas artist because of the popularity of his bluebonnets and other breathtaking paintings of the Texas Hill Country, but that definition is far too narrow-especially when considering the excellence of his New York paintings. As the demand for his work grows, both inside and outside of Texas, his paintings are increasingly recognized as important examples of American Impressionism which transcend any regional classification.




    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; minor craquelure; under UV light, there appears to be tiny touches of inpaint scattered throughout sky as well as several small touches at center bottom edge. Framed Dimensions 24.75 X 33 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2017
    13th Saturday
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