XAVIER GONZALEZ (1898-1993)
    Ice House, early 1940s
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
    Signed lower right
    Signed and titled verso

    Xavier Gonzalez' work evolved and changed with the times. In the 1920s, he was painting in the impressionist tradition. With the 1930s, Gonzalez became one of Texas' most accomplished regionalist painters and muralists completing four WPA post office murals and winning the international competition for the mural at the Los Angeles Museum of Art. In the 1940s, Gonzalez' mural at the Los Angeles Museum of Art became identified with the American Modernist Movement.

    This painting retains depression-era regionalist subject matter, an El Paso ice house. As in many depression-era Texas Regionalist paintings, there is the skeleton of a dead cow, the landscape is barren, and any buildings are derelict, however the style is decidedly modernist. The perspective is flattened, forms are abstracted, and are broken down to broad planes of color.

    This widely exhibited painting is an excellent example of mid-1940s Texas Modernism.

    Estate of Xavier Gonzalez

    Butler Institute
    El Paso Museum of Art
    The Milch Galleries

    Condition Report*:

    Excellent unlined condition. Would benefit from a light cleaning. Period frame in excellent condition.

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