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    JULIAN ONDERDONK (American, 1882-1922)
    Bluebonnets North of San Antonio, Late Afternoon, circa 1919-21
    Oil on wood panel
    7-7/8 x 10 inches (20.0 x 25.4 cm)
    Signed lower right: Julian Onderdonk
    Signed, titled and dated verso: Blue Bonnets north of San Antonio Texas / Late afternoon / Julian Onderdonk 1919-1921

    Born and raised in San Antonio, Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) spent his childhood exploring the South Texas hill country. His father, a painter, also instilled in his son an enthusiasm for sketching and drawing at a young age, and fortunately for Onderdonk, a wealth of possibilities were hiding in the vast landscape of his own backyard. At the turn of the century when he was 19 years old, Julian left Texas to study at the Art Students League under prominent artists Kenyon Cox, Frank DuMond and Robert Henri. He was also mentored by renowned American Impressionist William Merritt Chase, with whom his father also trained for a period of time. It was under this tutelage that Onderdonk's style and vision as a young artist was truly cultivated. In 1902, Julian decided to settle down in New York City to pursue a career as a plein air artist, where he met his wife and soon after became a father. While his personal life flourished, his professional aspirations had not yet come to fruition. Accordingly, Onderdonk and his new family returned to San Antonio, to his natural element where the root of his inspiration was first cultivated, in 1909. Upon his return, Onderdonk stayed true to his heritage and maintained the tonalist style imparted by his father, but also continued to apply the principles and Impressionist approach taught by his mentor, William Chase. Best-known for his powerful interpretations of the Southwest landscape-with scores of bluebonnet fields, cactus and life oaks with Spanish moss, morning mist lifting into vibrant Texas skies and colors of the changing seasons-Julian Onderdonk's work first became recognized locally and then, as his reputation as the "Bluebonnet Painter" grew, captivated a wider audience that spread across the country. His last paintings, Dawn in the Hills and Autumn Tapestry, among his most impressive, were on the way to New York for the annual exhibition of the National Academy of Design for 1922 at the time of his death.




    Condition Report*: Several tiny frame accretions along the top extreme edge; several small, faint surface abrasions in the center and right sky; several flecks of gold gilt along the bottom extreme edge; under UV exam, there appears to be a thin line of inpainting along the top edge, possibly to address frame wear, as well as an approx. 4-1/2 inch hairline through the clouds and along the treetops at far right. Framed Dimensions 11.625 X 13.75 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    May, 2015
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