Early Texas Artists
Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) was arguably the best landscape artist that Texas has produced.
Most of the well-known genre scenes by Robert Onderdonk (1852-1917) were paintings of the Mexican culture in San Antonio.
Theodore Gentilz (1819-1906) provides a visual history and a view of San Antonio unlike anybody else in the 19th century.
Hermann Lungkwitz (1813-1891) is best remembered for his views of the Hill Country and San Antonio, which are among the most attractive and detailed paintings from the 19th century in Texas.
Mary Bonner (1887-1935) is the best-known Early Texas printmaker, and one of the few Texans who received recognition in Europe.
Thomas Allen (1849-1924) was fascinated by the Mexican carretas and the frontier culture of San Antonio. Perhaps his best-known painting, Market Plaza, is representative of the impact San Antonio had on his work.
Highly regarded for his ship’s portraits, Julius Stockfleth (1857-1935) painted sailing ships and the small coastal schooners that worked on the Texas coast, especially around Galveston.
Edward Grenet (1856–1922) was a portrait and genre painter, and one of the first native Texas painters to establish an international reputation.
Frank Reaugh (1860-1945) favorite medium was pastels and his favorite subject matter was the open landscapes and delicate small-scale pastels of longhorn cattle.
Dawson Dawson-Watson (1864-1939) concentrated on the Texas landscape, the cacti in bloom, spring flowers in the hills, and the Missions of San Antonio. He won first prize in the Davis Wildflower Competition in 1927 for Glory of the Morning.
Carl Von Iwonski (1830-1912) created detailed drawings, portraits, and genre scenes of the local German-American population. He was an excellent draftsman and photographer, which he combined with his art.
Audley Dean Nicols (1875-1941) was the best-known and most influential painter in West Texas in the early part of the 20th century. The deserts of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona were his favorite subjects, as he loved depicting the colorful sunsets and expansive vistas.