One of patrons’ favorite features about the current exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West, is the “guide by cell” audio tour. This audio tour lets visitors call in and hear informational snippets about the paintings on display. Ransom Center Curator of Art Peter Mears discusses highlights from the exhibition, and Project Specialist Greg Curtis speaks as the voice of Frank Reaugh to narrate the artist’s own comments.
Continuing to share some of Mears’s favorite Reaugh pieces with our readers, this week we present Quiet River. The pastel drawing offers a peaceful view of a wide, calm river in which we find a familiar Southwest image: a lone, languid longhorn wading in the sun-warmed waters, seeking relief from the afternoon heat.
Learn more about how light and color came together to evoke a feeling of place. Mears describes Reaugh’s subtle ability to blend French Impressionist training and plein air technique with a deeply held passion for Southwestern landscape into an ethereal style that was uniquely his.
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