DescriptionPORFIRIO SALINAS (1910-1973)
Untitled Bluebonnet Landscape
Oil on canvas
24in. x 36in.
Signed lower left
Porfirio Salinas was born in Bastrop, Texas. He met Robert Wood and José Arpa while selling art supplies. Both Wood and Arpa would allow him to observe their painting and Salinas learned from their technique. Robert Wood eventually made Salinas an understudy of sorts and was reputed to pay him five dollars a canvas to finish painting the bluebonnets, which Wood considered tedious work.
Salinas's earliest commissions were painting signs on beer trucks and designing Christmas cards. His nature subjects were restricted to the Southwest and mainly Texas. His subjects were bluebonnets and other Texas wildflowers, prickly pear and yucca, dusty roads, Texas Hill Country landscapes, and genre scenes, including bullfights.
Salinas provides the artistic link from the earliest Texas Impressionists such as Onderdonk, Arpa, and Wood, during a time when modernism and abstraction were the style of the day. While Salinas never achieved the recognition of the professional art world, he was hugely popular and well recognized by the general public in the Southwest.
The recognition of his importance in the history of Texas landscape painting is verified by the number of contemporary Texas landscape painters that credit Salinas as their major influence. In this regard, he is the link between the past and the future in Texas landscape painting.
While known for his bluebonnet scenes, paintings of this magnitude and quality rarely come to market. Since 1987, there have been 137 Porfirio Salinas paintings offered at auction. Only nine of these paintings have been bluebonnet landscapes larger than 24in. x 30in.
This painting also comes with distinguished provenance. The original owners were Jim and Daurice Bowmer of Salado, Texas. Jim was a principal in the law firm of Bowmer, Courtney, Burleson, and Pemberton, and past president and chairman of the Texas State Bar Association. Daurice was the founder of Salado Galleries, and was a longtime dealer and friend of Porfirio Salinas.
Acquired by descent from the artist by the present owner
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