DescriptionFRANK KLEPPER (American, 1890-1952)
Murdocks (Murdock Beach, Galveston, Texas), ca. 1925
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
Signed lower right: Klepper
Titled verso: Murdocks
A Plano native reared in McKinney, Texas, Frank Klepper studied in Dallas at the Aunspaugh Art School and at the Art Institute of Chicago. After serving in World War I, he went back to study in Paris and Brussels. Following his return to McKinney, he founded a plein air painting school, the Frank Klepper Sketch Club, in 1930. He also exhibited at the 1912 Cotton Carnival at Galveston and in the 1929 San Antonio Competitive.
Klepper's Murdock's (Murdock Beach, Galveston, Texas) shows the probable influence of Thomas Eakins's Swimming--previously called The Swimming Hole-purchased by the Fort Worth Art Association in 1925. It is likely Klepper saw Swimming in person in Fort Worth, especially given the palette of the painting, which is darker than we normally see in his work.
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