Julian Onderdonk ( 1882 – 1922 )
The son of a prominent artist, Julian Onderdonk vocalizied his desire to be an artist before he was five years old. His early artistic ability took him to New York City to study at the Art Students League with such venerated artist/instructors as William Merritt Chase, Frank Dumond, and Robert Henri. Interestingly, Chase also taught Onderdonk’s father Robert years earlier. Onderdonk returned to Texas in 1909 and began developing his well defined and signature technique for Texas landscapes that led to his increasing notoreity. He returned to New York every Summer and stayed abreast of modernist techniques that would become another well known feature of his artwork. In addition, Onderdonk became an increasingly stringent critic of his own work and would paint over earlier paintings that fell short of his high standards. His landscapes continue to be popular among collectors in the Southwest and the Northeast and his paintings are in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas.