DescriptionROBERT WOOD (1889-1979)
Bluebonnets Near San Angelo, mid 1930s to early 1940s
Oil on canvas
17-1/2 x 23-1/2 inches (44.5 x 59.7 cm)
Signed lower right
Robert Wood's Texas landscapes are highly sought-after works, especially 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 the technique of artist Jose Arpa, while making himself aware of the earlier Texas painters. 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.
Bluebonnets Near San Angelo is an early work bearing the early "Robt. Wood" signature. 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, and printmakers eagerly reproduced his works which graced the walls of millions of homes around the world.
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000.
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