Julian Onderdonk

    Julian Onderdonk
(1882-1922) a Texas Artist born in San Antonio, Texas was best known for his impressionist paintings of the bluebonnets of South Texas.

     Julian Onderdonk showed immediate talent in pencil drawing at the age of 16 first studying under his father Robert Jenkins Onderdonk (1852-1917) learning the basics of art. When 19, Julian moved to New York to study at the Arts Students League under Kenyon Cox and William Merritt Chase and additionally studied under Robert Henri & Frank Vincent DuMond.

     While living in New York, Onderdonk traveled to Dallas, Texas to help organize The State Fair of Texas Annual Exhibitions which he continued doing so for several years. In 1909 Julian returned home to San Antonio, Texas to paint the Hill Country scenes he so loved. Without a doubt, Julian Onderdonk mastered the Texas Landscape like no other artist before and after him. His last painting "Dawn in the Hills" was exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York.

     Julian found acclaim and financial success in 1911 with his bluebonnet paintings developing his skill with fine impressionist colors. Many of these bluebonnet canvases were painted en plein aire and true to nature.

     Mrs. Steinfeldt described the art of Julian Onderdonk's subjects as follows; "Julian not only painted the Texas landscape, he interpreted its many moods. In his own words he remarked "I think the greatest artist is he who can in the simplest manner touch the whole heart of nature and mankind". He painted much more than the hills, the trees and the broad expansive field of wildflowers. He captured the essence of nature in the morning mists, the heat of the shimmering sun on distant clouds, the haze on hills in the twilight, the soft rain, the powdery dust of a caliche road and the silvery mysticism  of a moonlit night.


 in the Art of Julian Onderdonk

Meet Richard Plumly

30x40 from our Family Collection
Sold in 1991

     After a lifetime living with fine examples by this great Texas Artist, I became a dealer in 1988 buying, selling and specializing in Julian Onderdonk's works along with other important Texas Artists.


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