The world lost another impressionist painter by the name of Julian Onderdonk in 1992. He had created breathtaking paintings of Texas Bluebonnet which fascinate many art collectors and his canvases of the Texas Flowers paintings can worth more than $500,000 each.
Julian Onderdonk who was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1882 died at age of 40 because of intestinal disease. Actually his parents were also painters moving to New York and trained him in art. But in 1909 they returned back to San Antonio, where Onderdonk began to be more productive and could create his best work.
The bluebonnet, the state flower of Texas, has petal shaped like pioneer women’s sunbonnets. Most Texans normally are proud of these.
A historian by the name of Jack Maguire so aptly wrote, “It’s not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat.” He goes on, “The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.”
You can now check out Onderdonk’s paintings at The Dallas Museum of Art.Onderdonk’s paintings have many fans, one of them is the former president, George W. Bush. During his residency, he hung three of the craftsman’s scene works of art of Texas in the Oval Office.