Treasured Artworks at the Texas Capitol


Congress Avenue at Eleventh Street

Austin, Texas


Julian Onderdonk, In the Truck Gardens of San Antonio

Julian Onderdonk, In the Truck Gardens of San Antonio, 1912, oil on canvas, 15.5 x 23.5 inches, 1997.16. Acquired by the State Preservation Board with donations provided by a grant from the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, Orange, Texas, August 29, 1997 Collection of The State Preservation Board, Austin, Texas.


Julian Onderdonk is one of the most widely known and respected Texas artists, famous for his paintings of the beauty and mood evoked by any landscape. A member of a family of Texas painters -- his father, Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, painted four of the portraits in the Capitol's collection --, Julian studied art in New York at the Art Students League. One famous teacher, William Merritt Chase, had a profound impact on the artist's style: Chase painted outdoors, and encouraged his students to capture impressions of nature rather than labor over minute details. Julian died at the young age of 40 cutting short a prolific and important artistic career.


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For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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