Historic 'lost' Julian Onderdonk artwork leads Heritage auction

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2015-10-19 13:41:43

An important 'lost painting by Texas artist Julian Onderdonk will lead an upcoming Heritage Auctions sale in Dallas.

Julian Onderdonk's painting Texas Landscape with Bluebonnets has remained hidden in a private collection for the past 40 years, and has never before been published in color. Its last appearance in print came in 1975, when art scholar Cecilia Steinfeldt included a black and white image in her book 'A Family of Texas Painters'.

Onderdonk is regarded as a highly important figure in American Impressionism, and Texas Landscape with Bluebonnets is seen by many as his masterpiece. Offered publically for the first time in its history, the painting is expected to sell for $150,000-$250,000.

The sale will also include another rediscovered Onderdonk painting, the New York scene Stone Bridge in Winter, Central Park, which is expected to sell for $10,000+.

“These two, historically important paintings were discovered by Heritage Auctions and fill in the blanks on Onderdonk’s prolific and genre-defining career,” said Atlee Phillips, Director of Texas Art at Heritage Auctions.

“Other than the family that has owned it since the early 1900s, no one has seen this painting in color for 40 years. Texas Landscape with Bluebonnets is one of the three such themed paintings in this auction, which makes it a collector’s dream for lovers of Texas art.”

In addition, two more of Onderdonk's bluebonnet-themed works will cross the block: Bluebonnets in Spring, estimated at $60,000+, and Bluebonnets in the Misty Morning, estimated at $60,000+.

Further notable lots will include three dramatic Texan landscapes by artist Robert William Wood: Guadalupe River, estimated at $20,000+, Texas Spring valued at $15,000+, and Fall Landscape estimated at $15,000+.

The Heritage Auctions Texas Art sale takes place in Dallas on Saturday November 7.

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