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    Olin Travis (American, 1888-1975)
    Man of Vision
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 25 inches (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
    Signed lower left: Olin Travis
    Signed and titled on the reverse: Man of / Vision / by / Olin Travis / 398

    Dallas's first native professional artist, Olin Travis trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and began teaching there in 1914. In 1926, he co-founded the Art Institute of Dallas with his wife, Kathryn Hail Travis. Some of the leading Texas artists of the 1930s and 1940s taught and studied at the Art Institute of Dallas at Travis's invitation, including Reveau Bassett, Charles T. Bowling, Jerry Bywaters, Alexandre Hogue, and William Lester. The Travis' also conducted a summer art school in the mountains near Cass, Arkansas from the 1920s through the mid-1930s. A studio fire ended the school abruptly in the mid-1930s, destroying many Travis paintings. He exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in the Texas artists annual in Fort Worth, the annual Dallas Allied Arts, the Texas Centennial Exposition (1936), and the Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition (1937). The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (now the Dallas Museum of Art) also held at least three solo exhibitions for Travis.

    These four paintings from his estate represent an excellent cross section of his oeuvre from early works like Ferry Boat, 1916 and Abilene Lake to the fantastical, visionary style of Man of Vision, and pure abstraction of The Scimitar.




    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; minor previous frame wear; three light pressure points to the upper left quadrant; minor craquelure.
    Framed Dimensions 31 X 26 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    18th Saturday
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