Artist Spotlight | Frank Reaugh

Beginning in August, the Harry Ransom Center will feature an exhibition exploring the work of artist and naturalist Charles Franklin Reaugh.

An Illinois native, Reaugh arrived in Texas in 1876 and gained notoriety for his Impressionist-style work featuring such subjects as Texas Longhorn cattle and the expansive prairies of the Lone Star State.

Today, Reaugh is considered one of the Southwest’s most distinguished artists. Inspired by the Impressionists of his time, Reaugh created custom color pastels to capture the natural flora in areas such as Big Bend and the Texas Panhandle. Said Reaugh about his work, “No other artist had the opportunity — or the desire — to paint such subjects."

Audiences can view more than 100 works by this master of pastel beginning August 4 (through November 29). The HRC pulled from its own collection as well archives, museums, and private collections to amass this unique retrospective of Reaugh’s career.

In celebration of the show, University of Texas Press will publish Windows on the West: The Art of Frank Reaugh in September 2015. Edited by Peter Mears, the HRC’s curator of art, the book features work ranging from field sketches to the pastels that made Reaugh famous.

Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West appears at the Harry Ransom Center Galleries from August 4-November 29.


Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center

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