Center for Advancement and Study of Texas Art presents Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains
The Center for Advancement and Study of Texas Art will present an exclusive screening of the new, full-length documentary Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains.
American artist, inventor, and educator, Charles Franklin Reaugh (pronounced “Ray”) was born in 1860 when the Great Plains was considered the “Great American Desert.” Like many early adventurers, Reaugh’s father loaded the family in a covered wagon and braved the trail down from Illinois to Texas, settling near Terrell in 1876. As a teen, “Frank” Reaugh took to the warmer temperatures and was enamored by the open range, the fine grass, and with what quickly became his favorite subject—the wild longhorn.
In the early 1880s, Reaugh, never professing to being a cowboy, joined cattle entrepreneurs Frank and Romie Houston on the last of the Texas roundups. These trips earned Reaugh the distinction of possibly being the only artist to participate in, sketch, and record the cattle drives as they happened. This experience acted as the catalyst to Reaugh’s role of becoming the country’s most preeminent “landscape and cattle painter” and key figure in the development of visual art and art education in the Southwest. In 1945, Reaugh died in Oak Cliff/Dallas, Texas, and for a majority of the public, passed away into total obscurity.