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    JULIAN ONDERDONK (American, 1882-1922)
    Evening Near Jackson, Southwest Texas
    Oil on canvas
    16 x 24 inches (40.6 x 61.0 cm)
    Signed lower left: -Julian Onderdonk-
    Inscribed verso: Evening near Jackson Gulch- / -South West Texas- / Julian Onderdonk-

    Julian Onderdonk was a native of San Antonio and the son of the artist, Robert Jenkins Onderdonk. In 1901, at the age of nineteen, he moved to New York City and attended several art schools. He also studied plein-air painting with William Merritt Chase at his summer school in Shinecock, New York. After returning home to Texas in 1909, Onderdonk enjoyed considerable success during his lifetime. He became best known for his paintings of bluebonnets, but he also loved to depict the Texas Hill Country in all its many incarnations. Unfortunately, he suffered an early death at the age of forty. In 2008, the Dallas Museum of Art held an exhibition entitled Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist which has further established his work as the most admired and sought after of any Early Texas artist.

    A road curving over the hills of southwest Texas is a common subject in Onderdonk's work. Evening Near Jackson, Southwest Texas is just such a painting. This example of his work is interesting because it contains elements that are unusual, though not unheard of, in his work, including the figures and wagon under the trees on the left and the treatment of the evening sky.




    Condition Report*: Strip-lined canvas in good condition with overall craquelure commensurate with age; under UV very small areas of inpainting in central region of sky, upper left edge of tree,  lower right edge and two small areas in central region of road; larger vertical area of inpainting in central region approximately 2 inches in length. 
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