Works by Texas impressionists on view in San Antonio museum

July 3, 2013 by  

San Antonians who like Impressionist paintings do not have to confine themselves to Monet or Renoir, or travel to Europe to see works done by artists using this technique. Instead, they can go to the Witte Museum, located at 3801 Broadway in San Antonio, which is currently presenting an exhibit of Texas impressionists’ works.

The Witte has been collecting Texas impressionists for some time but, rather than exhibit works it already has, it has put together a new show.

Credit for the idea goes to museum CEO Marise McDermott and Amy Fulkerson, the curator of collections, who were so entranced by paintings they saw at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon they decided to exhibit them in San Antonio, rather than bringing out paintings the museum already owns. The one exception is a work by Julian Onderdonk entitled ‘Dawn in the Hills’, which is on display with the art from Panhandle-Plains.

The exhibit, titled ‘Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke and Color, 1885-1935’, is staged at the South Texas Heritage Center, which is part of the Witte, and will run through September 8.

Other artists featured include Robert Onderdonk, Seymour Thomas, Emma Richardson Cherry, Lucien Abrams, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Frank Reaugh, Edward G. Eisenlohr, José Arpa, and Ella Koepke Mewhinney.

The gallery will no doubt be in consultation with catalog printing companies to do a publication for mailing to local residents. A brochure could also include the exhibit’s hours, admission fees, and a photo of one of the works.