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  • Sold Date: Jul 01, 2009
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Important early oil painting by Texas artist Don Brown - The painting from the estate of Mr. & Mrs. Travis Womack who purchased it in 1934. The painting which is on canvas is mounted on plywood by nails.

Donnell "Don" Adair Brown (1899-1958) was born in Taylor Texas on April 5th, 1899. At the age of 5, Brown announced to the world that he was going to be an artist, and that determination never left him. He received his primary education in Marshall, after his family relocated to Harrison County in 1909. He attended the Art Institute Of Chicago after graduating from high school. After two years in the army, he continued his education at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, w he received his degree.

Brown moved to New York City w he studied with Boardman Robinson, Thomas Hart Benton, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and John Sloan at the Art Students League of New York.

He also studied in Paris under Andre L'Hote w he attended the Academie de la Gande Chaumiere between 1923 and 1926.

During the years between 1932 and 1934, He taught painting and drawing at the college of Marshall. In late 1934, he took a job as head of the art department at Centenary College.

Brown was a member of the "Dallas Nine" which were a group of painters, printmakers, and sculptors who renounced the European trends, and instead turned to the land and people of the Southwest for inspiration.

"Nine' is somewhat misleading, as the group expanded and contracted at various points during the period it was active.

The artists most closely identified with the name seem to have been the men who lobbied the Texas Centennial Commission unsuccessfully for the privilidge of decorating the halls of The Wall of State, the main building of the Centennial Exposition in Dallas (1936). They were Jerry Bywaters, Thomas M. Stell Jr., Harry P. Carnohan, Otis M. Dozier, Alexandre Hogue, William Lester, Everett Spruce, John Douglass, and Perry Nichols.

Other artists closely associated with the group were Charles T. Bowling, Russell Vernon Hunter, Merritt T. Mauzey, Florence McClung, Lloyd Goff, and Don Brown.

Brown exhibited at the Annual Exhibition by Texas Artists, Fort Worth Art Museum 1916, 1936; Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas 1936, Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition 1937, Lone Star Printmakers 1940-41, Southern States Art league 1939,1941; World's Fair, New York 1939.

The painting measures 17" x 14" and is signed to both front and back, with the back having a pencil inscription: "THE VETERAN" Painted by Don Brown just off the Longview Road near Hall's Hill 1933. Sold to Marjorie and Trav Womack $100.00 1934.

The overall condition of the painting is very good. No holes, but a few scratches as pictured, and some minor paint flakes to a few areas and the edge.

The record for a Brown painting was set at Heritage Auction Galleries at the Early Texas Art Regionalists sale on June 10, 2006 w the painting titled Swamp Girl painted in 1953 sold for $9,858.75.

Be sure to get your max bid in early on this important early work by one of the great early Texas Regionalists.

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