With Bold Strokes
Boyer Gonzales, 1864-1934
10 x 10, 200 pp.
12 b&w photos., 45 color paintings.
Pub Date: 05/01/1997
Price:        $34.95


Published by Texas A&M University Press

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With Bold Strokes

Boyer Gonzales, 1864-1934

By Edward Simmen

The earth, sea, and clouds graced this watercolorist's canvas, and with each bold stroke Boyer Gonzales captured his subjects in his own distinctive style.

An innovative painter specializing in land- and seascapes, Gonzales was heavily influenced by the work and friendship of Winslow Homer. From this relationship, Gonzales forged new pathways in art by using color to create rather than to imitate.

Throughout his life, Gonzales drew and painted scenes around him--from the South Texas coastline to Mexico. In 1895 he pioneered the route of American painters in Mexico, where he found scenes he would return to time and again. He truly entered the art scene, though, in 1916 when his watercolor "In a Texas Swamp" was included in an annual exhibition sponsored by the Art Institute of Chicago and was further honored by being selected for an extended tour of museums in cities throughout the United States.

Gonzales soon became well-known in the art world, as he was accepted as a member of the Salmagundi Club and the New York Water Color Society. He moved to the artist's colony of Woodstock and interacted with other artists including José Arpa y Perea, Robert and Julian Onderdonk, and Frank Reaugh. Working in the school of American impressionism, he created works recognizable as his own.

Along with fifty of Gonzales's works, author Edward Simmen includes the artist's life story, drawing his information primarily from the Gonzales Family Papers at the Rosenberg Library (comprising diaries, scrapbooks, sketch pads, letters, drawings and sketches, clippings and family photographs).

Admirers of Gonzales's work, as well as those interested in early-twentieth-century American impressionism, will find this a beautiful examination of his life and career.

Edward Simmen, a professor at Universidad de las Americas-Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, has published numerous articles and books, most notably on Chicano literature. He is a Fellow of the David Bruce Centre for American Studies at the University of Keele in England.

What Readers Are Saying:

“. . . Simmen, professor at Universidad de las Americas-Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, has done ground-breaking work in bringing Gonzales to critical attention.” --Art Times

Texas A&M University Press is to be congratulated on this beautiful volume. . . . Professor Simmen has made a significant contribution to American Studies and art history.” --American Studies International

“A fine publication in theis age of diversity . . . Simmen has done a remarkable task of researching the Gonzales collection . . . ” --Choice

“...Simmen’s book is a solid introduction to Gonzales’s life and work. It is readable and attractive.” --JASAT


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