H.O. Robertson: A Self-Taught Texas Regionalist
This fall, the Meadows Museum, along with the Bywaters Special Collections at the Hamon Arts Library, will celebrate a generous gift containing over two-dozen works by the artist H. O. Robertson. Given by members of the artist’s family, the works include ten paintings and four cliché verre plates to the Meadows Museum’s University Art Collection, and nine drawings and ten lithographs to the Bywaters Special Collections. A selection of these works will be on view at the Meadows Museum from November 9, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
Horace Oakley Robertson (1887-1970) was a native of Marion, Illinois, yet resided in Dallas in the 1930s and 1940s, prime years for the development of Texas Regionalism. Although a generation older than the artists of the Dallas Nine and their circle, Robertson befriended many of them, and their influence is evident in his simple and straightforward style, which he used to depict local scenes. His compositions of rural farms and rundown buildings were likely inspired by his immediate surroundings, yet like many of his fellow regionalist artists, Robertson painted his subject matter in a manner that related it to a universal human condition felt nationally during the years of the Great Depression.