Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist

Begin Date2008-03-23
End Date2008-07-20
CuratorsWilliam Rudolph
Last Harvested At2020-10-24
Credit LineBluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition was sponsored by Hibbs-Hallmark & Company and Federal Title, Inc., members of the Texas-based Heartland Security Insurance Group. Additional support was provided by Bank of Texas, by Valero, through a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the Donor Circle membership program through leadership gifts of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas. Air transportation was provided by American Airlines. Promotional support provided by Time Warner Cable and The Dallas Morning News.
LocationChilton Gallery II and Focus Gallery I
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
Other VenuesWitte Museum, San Antonio, Texas: September 18, 2008-January 11, 2009; Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas: February 10-May 24, 2009
DescriptionThis spring the Dallas Museum of Art will present Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist, celebrating the work of a great landscape artist and native son. The exhibition will be on view through July 20, 2008, in the J. E. R. Chilton and Focus Galleries. During his short life, Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) transformed the Texas landscape, creating indelible images of the Lone Star State. One of William Merritt Chase's most dazzling students at the Shinnecock Summer School in Long Island, Onderdonk brought Chase's aesthetic of nature to an entirely new part of the American landscape. By his death at age 40, Onderdonk had been christened "The Bluebonnet Painter" in recognition of the success of his lush signature landscapes of fields of the state flower. Onderdonk's works command pride of place among collectors of Texas art. His scenes spawned a host of imitators who to this day have never equaled the artist's style. The components of his technique - and its dialogue with 19th- and 20th-century American art - have never been explored in depth and he has yet to earn his place in the history of American art. Bluebonnets and Beyond - the first sustained look at Julian Onderdonk in twenty years - will redress the balance. Not only does it showcase the complexity of Onderdonk's own work, but it also challenges traditional classifications of regionalist and mainstream art. After its presentation in Dallas, Bluebonnets and Beyond will travel within the state of Texas to the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Stark Museum of Art in Orange. The exhibition is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue published by the Dallas Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.