"Railroad Tracks" San Antonio Texas

  • Details

    "Railroad Tracks"  San Antonio Circa 1930

    From the Bill Cheek Collection.

    This painting was exhibited in 2002 at the following museums:
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Art
    International Museum of Art. El Paso

    This painting was exhibited in 2003 at the following museums:
    Panhandle-Plains 
    Art Museum of South Texas
    Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine

    This painting was exhibited in 2004 at the following museums:
    International Museum of Art & Science of Mcallen
    Irving Arts Center
    Museum of the Southwest

    This paintings was exhibited in 2004 at the following museum:
    Tyler Museum of Art

    Born in San Angelo, Texas, Margaret Tupper became a landscape painter who remained in Texas but traveled widely including to France, Spain, Switzerland, England and Mexico, where she studied in San Miquel de Allende.

    She was the daughter of prominent parents in San Angelo and showed little interest in art as a child. She graduated from San Angelo High School and then attended a finishing school. In 1907, just out of school, she married Clifton Tupper, a founder of the San Angelo Evening Standard newspaper.  Four years later they moved to Waco, Texas, and in 1912, they moved again, this time to San Antonio where they lived for 25 years until his death in 1938.  Then she returned to San Angelo for the remainder of her life. She taught art classes, served as President of the San Angelo Art League, and continued painting until two years before her death at age 92.

    It was in San Antonio that she began nurturing her art talents, first as an avocation and then as a serious fine-art painter.  She was a student of Dawson Dawson-Watson, Jose Arpa, Jacob Getlar Smith, Frederic Taubes, and Xavier Gonzalez.  In 1929, she traveled to Paris, where she painted at the Louvre, and subsequently she did more extensive travel.  However, she often expressed a preference for subject matter of her own region. She said: "It is Texas I live in and of Texas I prefer to paint." (Kovinick 310).  Her subjects included Texas wildflowers, ranches, missions and other historical subjects such as The Alamo.  Her style was primarily representational although occasionally she did abstraction.

    Exhibitions:
    1959    Texas Watercolor Society
    1956    Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition
    1955    Texas Watercolor Society
    1952-1953   Texas Watercolor Society
    1951    Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition
    1950    Helen King Kendall Art Gallery, San Angelo, one-woman show
    1949    Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition
    1943    Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition
    1938    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
    1937    Greater Texas & Pan-American Exposition, Dallas, TX
                San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
    1936    Bright Shawl Gallery, San Antonio, one-woman show
                San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
                Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1935    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
                Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1934    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
                Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1933    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
    1931    Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1930    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
                Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1929    Edgar B. Davis Competition, San Antonio, TX
    Honorable Mention
    1928    Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
                Edgar B. Davis Competition, San Antonio, TX
    1927    Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
                Edgar B. Davis Competition, San Antonio, TX
    Texas Artists Exhibition
    San Antonio Art League
    San Antonio Artists Guild
    San Antonio Art League
    Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition
    Annual Southeast Texas Artists Exhibition, Houston, TX
    Texas Painting and Sculpture Annual Exhibition, Columbia University
    Charleston, South Carolina and Los Angeles

  • Biography

    Margaret Tupper (1887-1979)

    "Railroad Tracks"  San Antonio Circa 1930

    From the Bill Cheek Collection.

    This painting was exhibited in 2002 at the following museums:
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Art
    International Museum of Art. El Paso

    This painting was exhibited in 2003 at the following museums:
    Panhandle-Plains 
    Art Museum of South Texas
    Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine

    This painting was exhibited in 2004 at the following museums:
    International Museum of Art & Science of Mcallen
    Irving Arts Center
    Museum of the Southwest

    This paintings was exhibited in 2004 at the following museum:
    Tyler Museum of Art

    Born in San Angelo, Texas, Margaret Tupper became a landscape painter who remained in Texas but traveled widely including to France, Spain, Switzerland, England and Mexico, where she studied in San Miquel de Allende.

    She was the daughter of prominent parents in San Angelo and showed little interest in art as a child. She graduated from San Angelo High School and then attended a finishing school. In 1907, just out of school, she married Clifton Tupper, a founder of the San Angelo Evening Standard newspaper.  Four years later they moved to Waco, Texas, and in 1912, they moved again, this time to San Antonio where they lived for 25 years until his death in 1938.  Then she returned to San Angelo for the remainder of her life. She taught art classes, served as President of the San Angelo Art League, and continued painting until two years before her death at age 92.

    It was in San Antonio that she began nurturing her art talents, first as an avocation and then as a serious fine-art painter.  She was a student of Dawson Dawson-Watson, Jose Arpa, Jacob Getlar Smith, Frederic Taubes, and Xavier Gonzalez.  In 1929, she traveled to Paris, where she painted at the Louvre, and subsequently she did more extensive travel.  However, she often expressed a preference for subject matter of her own region. She said: "It is Texas I live in and of Texas I prefer to paint." (Kovinick 310).  Her subjects included Texas wildflowers, ranches, missions and other historical subjects such as The Alamo.  Her style was primarily representational although occasionally she did abstraction.

    Exhibitions:
    1959    Texas Watercolor Society
    1956    Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition
    1955    Texas Watercolor Society
    1952-1953   Texas Watercolor Society
    1951    Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition
    1950    Helen King Kendall Art Gallery, San Angelo, one-woman show
    1949    Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition
    1943    Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition
    1938    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
    1937    Greater Texas & Pan-American Exposition, Dallas, TX
                San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
    1936    Bright Shawl Gallery, San Antonio, one-woman show
                San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
                Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1935    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
                Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1934    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
                Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1933    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
    1931    Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1930    San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition
                Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
    1929    Edgar B. Davis Competition, San Antonio, TX
    Honorable Mention
    1928    Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
                Edgar B. Davis Competition, San Antonio, TX
    1927    Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
                Edgar B. Davis Competition, San Antonio, TX
    Texas Artists Exhibition
    San Antonio Art League
    San Antonio Artists Guild
    San Antonio Art League
    Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition
    Annual Southeast Texas Artists Exhibition, Houston, TX
    Texas Painting and Sculpture Annual Exhibition, Columbia University
    Charleston, South Carolina and Los Angeles