The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 105, July 2001 - April, 2002 Page: 2
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Cover: The Year It Rained, by Tom Lea, 1975. Oil on canvas, 36 x 28 inch-
es. Courtesy the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin.
Gift of C. R. Smith, 1976. Photo credit: George Holmes.
The recent death of Tom Lea leaves a major gap in the ranks of Texas
historians. Of course Mr. Lea was more than a historian. As a painter
and novelist he presented and interpreted Texas and the Southwest to
the world. On page 1 of this issue, Al Lowman pays tribute to Tom Lea
in a remembrance of this uniquely talented man. As Al wrote about the
painting on the cover, "The emotion conveyed in The Year It Rained has
been reflected, at one time or another, in the posture and countenance
of every rancher who ever tried to wrest a living from the eternally
thirsty West Texas soil. And the rains, when they do come, bring the
promise of life-sustaining grass and life-affirming wildflowers."
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