Recognition that art is an essential part of Texas culture came late. Ron Tyler points out that if you searched art in the first edition of the Handbook of Texas, you discovered that it was “a small town in eastern Mason County.” The lively essays here—by Bryan, Duty, and Tyler, the former director of the Amon Carter Museum—do more than illuminate the works themselves: they shed light on the creators and collectors of Texas art from the nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth. Deep in the Art of Texas pulls pieces from the Torch Energy Advisors Collection of Texas Art, which showcases the likes of Charles Franklin “Frank” Reaugh and Robert Julian Onderdonk. The collection is housed at Torch Energy Advisors Inc. in Houston.
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