Roses and Mahogany


Robert Jenkins Onderdonk ( American, 1852 - 1917 )

c. 1900
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General Description

Robert Jenkins Onderdonk invoked the example of his teacher William Merritt Chase in his still lifes, perhaps his most successful type of painting. While living in Dallas in the early 1890s when he was establishing an art school there, Robert Jenkins Onderdonk made his living from his highly decorative still lifes, his thick applications of paint effectively wedding Chase's Munich-style brushwork—which he would have imparted to his first students, Onderdonk among them—with the master's own early choice of subject matter.

Adapted from

Rudolph, William Keyse, A. Kate Sheerin, Chloe Barnett, and Julian Onderdonk. Julian Onderdonk: American Impressionist. Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 2008, 18.

Web Resources

  • Robert Jenkins Onderdonk's son Julian and daughter Eleanor also became painters both of whom are represented in Dallas Museum of Art's permanent collection.