Olin Herman Travis (Texas, 1888-1975) oil on board landscape depicting the interior of a forest with sun-dappled leaves and ground under a canopy of trees. Signed lower right "Olin Herman Travis". Housed in a carved giltwood Newcomb-Macklin style frame with matching carved giltwood liner and silk cream matte, all under glass. Sight – 11 1/2" H x 15 3/4" W. Framed – 22 3/8" H x 26" W. Biography: Olin Herman Travis was born and lived most of his life in Dallas, Texas, where he was a prolific painter of landscapes and portraits. He was the son of professional printer Olin Few Travis, whose family was related to William Barret Travis, commander of the Republic of Texas at the Battle of the Alamo. Travis' early art instructors included: R. Jerome Hill, Florence Rhine, Hans Krunz-Meyer, and Max Hagendorn. In 1909 he began studying at the Art Institute of Chicago where his teachers included: Kenyon Cox, Charles Francis Browne, Ralph Elmer Clarkson, Harry Mills Walcott, and Joaquin Sorollo y Bastida. Travis became an instructor at the institute in 1914. Travis married his former student, Kathryne Hail, in 1916 and the two moved back to Dallas in 1924. In 1926, along with James Wadden, the Travis' founded the Dallas Art Institute where Olin Travis served as the director until 1941. They later opened the Ozark Summer School of Painting in Cass, Arkansas, near where his wife was born. Travis also spent time traveling and painting on the Great Lakes, in Florida, and throughout Texas. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Painting is under glass, not examined outside of frame.
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