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Texas Art and a Wildcatter's Dream: Edgar B. Davis and the San Antonio Art League (Joe & Betty Moore Texas Art) (SIGNED)

Reaves, William E., Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0890968128 / ISBN 13: 9780890968123
Published by U.S.A.: Texas A&M University Press, 1998
Condition: As New Hardcover
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A hardcover book with a clean, well-bound interior, a flawless green cloth exterior with bright gilt lettering on spine. Housed in a glossy, beautifully illustrated dust jacket in as-new condition. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Gift quality. 10" x 10.5", 97 pages. "A stunning presentation of twenty-nine color plates of the competitions' best works which includes paintings by such important artists as Jose Arpa, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Xavier Gonzalez, and many more. Also includes historical photographs and other black and white illustrations. Includes notes, bibliography, and an index. To access more books related to Texas history and art, or for more signed books, go to and search using our unique keywords TXCOHST, ARTBX, and/or SIGNEDBX, or visit our shop in Fort Worth. Bookseller Inventory # TXCOHST 554

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Title: Texas Art and a Wildcatter's Dream: Edgar B....

Publisher: U.S.A.: Texas A&M University Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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At a crucial moment in the development of Texas art, an eccentric oil wildcatter form Massachusetts and Luling, Texas, turned to the prestigious San Antonio Art League with a proposal. He would fund a national art competition featuring the state's verdant fields of wildflowers and bring prominence to Texas art if the league would handle the details. Thus was born the Texas Wildflower Competitive Exhibitions, which in three years at the end of the Roaring Twenties awarded more than $53,000 in prize money for paintings of Texas wildflowers, ranch life, and cotton farming.
This presentation of twenty-nine color plates of the competitions' best works includes paintings by such important artists as Jose Arpa, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Xavier Gonzalez, Edward G. Eisenlohr, and Oscar E. Berninghaus and Herbert Dunton (the latter duo having also served as founding members of the Taos Society of Artists). In the plates, the artists have portrayed a variety of landscapes and atmospheres to present the wildflowers loved not only by Davis but by generations of Texas art enthusiasts.

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William E. Reaves currently serves as assistant vice chancellor for public education with the Texas A&M University System and is a former associate dean of the College of Education and Fine Arts, Tarleton State University.

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