Frank Reaugh probably is the most famous artist associated with Oak Cliff, and his painting, “A Sunny Afternoon,” was on display at the Turner House Saturday. It’s a lovely little painting and a great example of his work. But the star of the show was a painting from an artist who is not as well known — Lucien Abrams. Abrams’s painting, “In Forest, Oak Cliff,” was painted en plein air in our neighborhood in 1913.
I knew almost nothing about Texas impressionists before the entertaining lecture Saturday from Michael Grauer, curator of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. He told about 70 arts supporters that Abrams was the son of William Henry Abrams, the guy for whom we named Abrams Boulevard. Abrams was a prodigy who studied in Paris and was a resident at the art colony at Old Lyme, Conn., but he maintained studios in Dallas and San Antonio. Grauer called Lucien Abrams “the forgotten Texas artist,” and said his art is “extremely powerful and extremely important.”
Another impressionist closely associated with Oak Cliff is E.G. Eisenlohr. Two of his paintings were on display at Turner House Saturday. “He didn’t like to rough it,” Grauer said. Since he had a distaste for hard travel, he stayed close to his homes in Oak Cliff and Santa Fe, and many of his landscapes are set in Oak Cliff, where he is now buried.
After the jump, the video shows most of the paintings that were on display Saturday.