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    PORFIRIO SALINAS (American, 1910-1973)
    Bluebonnet Country, 1959
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61.0 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: Porfirio Salinas / 1959

    PROVENANCE:
    Collection of Ann Ryon.

    Porfirio Salinas was born at Bastrop, Texas, in 1911. The son of tenant farmers, he
    was one of the first Mexican-American artists to gain national fame. Although the
    family soon moved to San Antonio-where his father became a railroad worker-
    Salinas often returned to the Bastrop area to visit his grandmother and to sketch.
    He began assisting Robert William Wood in the latter's studio about 1925. Salinas
    accompanied Wood and Jose Arpa-with whom Wood was then studying-on plein
    air sketching trips in the hills surrounding San Antonio.


    In 1926, Arpa founded a plein air painting school near Bandera, Texas, where he
    was assisted by his nephew and fellow artist, Xavier Gonzalez. It is likely Salinas
    was part of the Bandera School, and was probably exposed to the entries in the San
    Antonio Competitive Exhibitions held at the Witte Museum annually from 1927
    through 1929. The initial exhibition focusing on Texas wildflowers, with its $6,000
    in prize monies offered by Luling, Texas, oilman Edgar B. Davis firmly chiseled in
    the budding artist's mind the obsession of Texans with their native flora. (After Julian
    Onderdonk, no Texas artist is more identified with Texas bluebonnets.) By 1930
    Salinas began to paint on his own in an Impressionistic style using fairly heavy
    impasto to depict the Texas landscape, genre scenes from around San Antonio, and
    Mexican bullfights.


    Married in 1942 and drafted into the U.S. Army the following year for World War
    II service, Salinas used his talents to create paintings for officers and officer's clubs
    during his service. By the late 1940s, and largely through the efforts of colorful
    Austin art dealer Dewey Bradford, Salinas's career began to soar. When Lyndon
    B. Johnson became Vice-President of the United States in 1961, followed by his
    elevation to the Presidency due to the assassination of President Kennedy, Salinas's
    paintings were featured prominently, first in the vice-president's residence, then in
    The White House. President Johnson spoke frequently about his favorite painter
    and the demand for Salinas's paintings increased. Fittingly, Salinas died only a few
    months after President Johnson in 1973.


    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; no visible condition issues; there does not appear to be inpainting under UV exam. Framed Dimensions 28 X 32 Inches
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    October, 2014
    18th Saturday
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