Times & Places

Texas Art—The Landscape

The 19th century in American art is the great epoch of landscape, a tradition that stretched across the decades, much as the country itself steadily grew in size. While their artistic styles differed over time, American artists remained continually preoccupied with the impulse to explore and represent the world around them. Although a sustained artistic tradition did not develop in Texas until the late 19th century, early artists responded avidly to the state's variety of scenery. The earliest artists were foreign-born transplants to the region, who brought their own national styles to bear upon their adopted land. Meanwhile, the first generation of Texas-grown painters often sought training in New York and other major cities. As a result, Texas landscapes are a mixture of local and cosmopolitan styles.

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William Keyse Rudolph, DMA exhibition label copy, 2007