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    JAMES ERWIN BOREN (American, 1921-1990)
    Goliad March 19, 1836, 1983
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 48 inches (76.2 x 121.9 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: James Boren / CA/ 1983

    CAA Museum, Kerrville, Texas, "Texas Sesquicentennial Show", April 25 - July 13, 1986 (label verso);
    CAA Museum, Kerrville, Texas, "A Tribute to J. Boren and J. Clymer", November 2 - December 31, 1990 (label verso).

    James Boren was one of the deans of modern western painters in Texas. Born in Waxahachie, Boren began his career in art as a teacher following his service in the Marines. He was the first art director at the newly established National Cowboy Hall of Fame (now the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) in Oklahoma City in 1965. Shortly afterward he was inducted into the Cowboy Artists of America and became one of its most celebrated and honored members. In the late 1960s he and fellow CAA member Melvin Warren, both established homes and studios in the small central Texas town of Clifton and helped turn that city into something of a western artist's colony.

    According to Boren's daughter, Nancy, the artist considered "Goliad: March, 1836" to be his masterpiece. He meticulously researched the history of the painting, visiting La Bahia, the mission at Goliad, on several occasions.

    The story of the massacre at Goliad is one of the most compelling incidents in early Texas history. Nearly 400 Texan volunteers under the leadership of Colonel James Fannin were dispatched to defend the mission at Goliad from the advancing troops of Mexican General Santa Anna in February, 1836. By early March, Fannin received repeated pleas from Col. William B. Travis in San Antonio for help in defending the Alamo. Fannin chose instead to remain in Goliad. After the fall of the Alamo, he was ordered by General Sam Houston to abandon Goliad and join Houston's forces. Fannin again delayed his retreat and by the time his forces began their march to join Houston, they were quickly surrounded and captured by Mexican troops under the command of General Urrea, who promised Fannin that his men would be sent as prisoners of war to New Orleans and paroled. That was not to be the case, on Palm Sunday, March 27; Fannin's entire command was summarily executed under direct orders from Santa Anna. Later that day, Fannin was also executed. Prior to his death, he made three requests: that his men be spared, that he not be shot in the face, and that his watch would be returned to his family. None of those requests were granted. Less than a month later, General Houston's troops routed Santa Anna's forces at the Battle of San Jacinto and Texas' independence was won. The rallying cry on the battlefield that day was "Remember the Alamo" and "Remember Goliad."

    Condition Report*: Good condition.
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