DescriptionROBERT WOOD (G. DAY) (1889-1979)
Hill Country Bluebonnets, late 1930s
Oil on canvas
22in. x 32in.
Signed lower left
G. Day or "Good Day" was a pseudonym Robert Wood used early in his career. He also used the moniker "Trebor," which is "Robert" spelled backwards. It has been generally accepted that these early works exhibiting these two signatures were smaller paintings that might have been lacking in execution or quality.
This tour-de-force painting signed "G. Day" shatters that myth. It is undoubtedly one of Robert Wood's principal works. The sky has the remarkable soft glow of the early morning light. Robert Wood has not only succeeded in capturing the fleeting optical effects of the early morning light, but he has distilled and concentrated its essence, making this painting, in effect, a symbol of the beauty of the State of Texas.
Confirming the status of this wonderful painting as a "symbol of the Lone Star State" was its auspicious presentation to W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel as a birthday present on his 50th birthday on March 11, 1940 (see inset photo from the surprise birthday party). Governor O'Daniel, and later Senator O'Daniel, was one of the most colorful "grassroots" figures involved in Texas political history.
"Pappy" O'Daniel moved to Fort Worth in 1925 where he became sales manager for Burris Mills Flour Company. In 1928, he took over the radio advertising for the company and began writing songs and discussing religious subjects on the air. His country western band, "The Light Crust Doughboys," became a legend in the country music business. At the urging of his fans he ran for governor in 1938. His populist campaign stressed the Ten Commandments, the virtues of his own "hillbilly" flour, the need for old age pensions, tax cuts, and economic development. Accompanied by his band, The Light Crust Doughboys, and the bible, he canvassed the rural areas of the state attracting huge audiences. O'Daniel ran for the senate in 1941 against Lyndon Baines Johnson, whom he defeated in a hotly contested election.
The consummate political outsider, O'Daniel's popular support waned, and in 1948 he declined running for re-election.
This painting has been owned by the O'Daniel family since it was gifted to the then Governor at his surprise 50th birthday party "with the esteem and affection of his official family." This is a wonderful opportunity to own an icon of the Texas landscape, as well as a bonafide piece of Texas history.
Governor W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel
Acquired by descent from the above by the present owner
TO GOVERNOR W. LEE O'DANIEL
ON HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY - MARCH 11, 1940
WITH THE ESTEEM AND AFFECTION OF HIS OFFICIAL FAMILY
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