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    SAMUEL P. ZIEGLER (American, 1882-1967)
    Texas Christian University Campus Panorama, circa 1938
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
    Signed lower left: SP ZIEGLER

    PROVENANCE:
    Ms. Ann Ekstrom, Fort Worth, Texas.

    EXHIBITED:
    Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, "Urban Texas," n.d., loaned by the Mrs. Richard W. Ekstrom Collection.

    Gazing to the west, Professor Samuel P. Ziegler often stood on the front steps of the Mary Couts Burnett Library and enjoyed the sweeping view across the street where Texas Christian University's oldest buildings lined University Drive. The Main Administration Building, where Ziegler's art classrooms were located, was the largest and most imposing. The Burnett Library sat on the east side of University Drive and provided a prime vantage point for surveying that area of the campus that Ziegler called "The Texas Acropolis." Cleanly silhouetted against the sky, TCU's four original buildings had been paintable subjects for Ziegler since 1918 when he produced his first view of them. These and other campus scenes were frequent sources of inspiration for Ziegler during his thirty-year career at the university. Campus Panorama is one among a long-running series of paintings which he later coined "Historic Paintings of T.C.U."

    Campus Panorama conveys the essence of what Ziegler saw from the library steps. The earliest buildings on TCU's Fort Worth campus, all constructed between 1911 and 1912, are visible in the background. From left to right are dormitories Goode Hall (partially shown) and Clark Hall, the Main Administration Building and women's dormitory Jarvis Hall. The World War I-era Memorial Arch stands in the front lawn of the Main Administration Building, facing University Drive. Parallel bands of broken color in the mid-ground define University Drive, the campus's main artery. In the foreground is the manicured lawn of the Mary Couts Burnett Library (opened 1925), which featured an in-ground pond complete with fish and fountain. Today, tree growth and new construction have significantly altered this scene as Ziegler knew it.


    In 1936, the mural painting initiative and comprehensive art exhibit that accompanied the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas introduced new forms of modernism to the state, and Ziegler took notice. He felt the time was right to employ painting techniques that he had thought about but never tried. Campus Panorama embodies that sense of experimentation. Ziegler's palette, one that he had used for years, is bold and his selections from it are unorthodox. The western sky is majestic and contains an array of warm colors that bathe the scene below. The chromatic color palette is continued throughout the painting in broken, contrasting strokes that move in concert like flowing water. Individual applications of color are often outlined in thin wisps of white paint, creating what Ziegler saw as a halo effect. The overall effect transforms a handsome scene of sky, grass, asphalt and brick into one that suggests the underlying and highly complex structure of matter. The Newcomb-Macklin frame, Ziegler's preferred choice for all of his large paintings, appears to be original to Campus Panorama. Ziegler continued to study and record other scenes throughout the expanding TCU campus. In 1948, his series of "Historic Paintings of TCU" culminated in a one-man exhibition in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the university's founding in Thorp Spring, Texas.


    Estimate: $18,000 - $24,000.

    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; several spots of very faint cracking along left and right edges, particularly in thicker pigment layers; otherwise, no visible condition issues; there does not appear to be inpainting under UV exam; Framed Dimensions 27.5 X 39.5 Inches
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