About Texas naturalistic farm landscape watercolor painting attributed to Frank Reaugh. Often called the “Dean of Texas Painters,” this piece captures his dedication to realistically portraying the landscapes of the southwest. The work features horses in a field standing next to a broken fence and a few cattle set against the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country. Signed in red in the front lower right corner. Currently unframed, but options are available. Appears to have a gallery label at the back attached to the board that was dated 1893. This painting has not been authenticated.
Artist Biography: Frank Reaugh was the son of George Washington and Clarinda Spilman Reaugh, born on December 6, 1860 near Jacksonville, Illinois. In 1876 his family moved to a small ranch near Terrell, Texas. Inspired by his mother and the landscape where he grew up with its natural environs, young Reaugh began drawing wildlife and scenic views. Ranch scenes with cattle grazing and longhorns seem to draw his attention the most. He received his training from the School of Fine Arts in St. Louis during 1884-1885 but he also did some studies in Paris, France in 1888. By 1889 he was back in Texas teaching and painting mostly in pastel and oils, images, which gave him the honor and praise his works have delivered to the public. Some of his works are stored at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library in Lubbock, Texas. Frank Reaugh, who never married, died in Dallas on May 6, 1945 at the age of 84 years. Ref: Frank Reaugh Collection, 1902-1960, Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
H 7.56 in. x W 16 in.