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Above: Julius Stockfleth, Sunny Side on Galveston Bay, circa 1895. Oil on canvas. Robert T. Brousseau Collection. Right: Olin Herman Travis, Mayor
of Hoover City (Texas), circa 1929. Provided courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.
Dallas and Fort Worth art scenes gave him a unique view of
painters in the region and an understanding of forces shap-
ing their work. He later used that knowledge to acquire the
best examples of regional art for the museum. A similar
phenomenon occurred in Houston, where James Chill-
man procured works by area artists for the collection of
Houston's Museum of Fine Arts.
Fort Worth's unusual brand of modernism is today pre-
served at the Blanton Museum of Art on the campus of the
University of Texas at Austin and in the collections of the
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter
Museum. Fort Worth's core group of early modernists, 14
men and women, received a close examination in 2008 when
the Amon Carter Museum organized Intimate Modernism:
Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s, curated by Jane Myers.
This exhibit and accompanying publication documented a
like-minded amalgam of young Texas artists who looked be-
yond the borders of the state for inspiration. Their approach
to art was something of an antithesis to the views of their
Dallas counterparts, and these differences help explain the
rich variety found in the art history of the two adjacent cities.
Since 1986, university galleries and regional art muse-
ums have frequently focused on early Texas art, often with
groundbreaking results. In 2007 the rise of abstract painting
in Texas was the theme of Texas Modern: The Rediscovery of
Early Texas Abstraction (1935-1965), hosted by Baylor Univer-
sity. 2010 saw Into the Desert Light: Early El Paso Art (1850-
1960), brought together by the El Paso Museum of Art to
document the artistic legacies of Jose Cisneros, Fremont
Ellis, Hari Kidd, Tom Lea, Lewis Teel, Eugene Thurston,
and others. In January 2011, the Art Museum of South
Texas in Corpus Christi opened Alexandre Hogue: An
American Visionary, curated by Susan Kalil; this exhibit
will travel to other Texas venues during the next two years.
Key to early Texas art's long-term prospects is renewed in-
terest by private collectors. Before the sesquicentennial year,
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