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).