Frank Reaugh documentary to premiere June 7

Frank Reaugh History

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Filmmaker Marla Fields produced a documentary about Frank Reaugh, the Oak Cliff-based artist who is known as the dean of Texas painters.

The film, “Pastel Poet of the Plains,” premieres at a private screening here in Reaugh’s hometown next month, showing at the Texas Theatre June 7.

Frank Reaugh in the field: Photo courtesy of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Frank Reaugh in the field: Photo courtesy of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Reaugh, who died in 1945, is very important in Texas art history, but his name is relatively unknown outside enthusiasts of art of the American West. Although, his legacy is picking up some attention lately. Aside from the documentary, Reaugh also is the subject of an upcoming book by Michael Grauer, a curator at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum near Amarillo. And the Harry Ransom Center at UT will show 200 of his paintings in “Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West” Aug. 4-Nov. 29.

Check out our story about Reaugh from the April Advocate.

The June 7 screening is for the film’s donors (donate $25 or more and receive a pass).

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  • Sir I am an artist, I am not married and I do indeed gain inspiration from my personal relationships. However my successful portrayal of the subject matter as I convey it has nothing to do with my sexual preference. The artist in question died before I lived and was without doubt the foremost at capturing a rapidly disappearing place in time. Your comment has no relevance.

  • God forbid anyone talk about an artist’s personal life. It’s only the one thing that inspires their work.

  • I fail to see any plausible reasoning for such a comment. We digress from an interesting and we’ll written piece of historically significant and artistic content to he’s single and an artist so he’s gay. Your comment has no relationship to the content only an affront to change the context. Let it be…

  • Wow, someone seems shocked that some artists are gay. This wasn’t meant to blow your mind, just making an observation.

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