Fredericksburg Texas

  • Details

    This painting was exhibited in the: Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke & Color, 1885-1935 at Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.
    Good Evening,

    My name is Brian and we spoke at your gallery
    earlier today.  The question arose as to the artist's location for the
    scene in the Schumann work your are offering.  That location is at the address: 1797 N Milam Street, Fredericksburg, Texas; the view is to the South back into Fredericksburg.  The scene shows Cross Mountain with Fredericksburg beyond.  You can check it out on Google street view; I'd give you a link but I lack most tech skills including that one!

    The
    view may actually be from a slightly different but very close
    location.  All of the basic elements in the painting are present.The
    trees are taller and more numerous than 85 years ago and they obscure a
    view of town that would have been present.  

    Another strong point in favor of this view being from the Fredericksburg rather than a Castroville location is the season and sun angle.  If you are looking South into Fredericksburg
    during a summer's afternoon both the colors and sun angle are correct. 
    Looking East into Castroville could capture this sun angle, but only in
    midwinter at midday and the colors are not consistent with that season.

    We enjoyed the show today and we will be back soon.

    Thanks, Brian





  • Biography

    Paul Schumann 1876-1946

    Paul Schumann was born near Leipzig Saxony, in the German Empire.  He and his family immigrated to the United States about 1879.  After a brief stay in Indianola, the family moved to Galveston in 1881.  He received instructions from Julius Stockfleth.  According to a newspaper article, Schumann spent time in New York and the East, studying and painting--confirmed by a number of surviving sketches of New York scenes.  His Galveston studio was destroyed by the hurricane in 1900.  Schumann rebuilt his studio on that site, teaching privately, and became a very productive painter, at times, accomplishing three paintings a day, surrounded by his collection of ship models and statuary.  He also was a plein-air artist, best known for marine and harbor scenes in Galveston.  He also produced a number of plein-air works in Louisiana, the Texas Hill Country, New Mexico, Arizona, California and the East Coast.  The medium he used was oil, crayon, pencil, and pen and ink--using the palette knife extensively in oil.  Paul Schumann died in Galveston.

    Had [Schumann] been an artist along the East Coast instead of the Gulf of Mexico, he would have been known all over the world.  He is doing for the Gulf Coast what Winslow Homer did for Maine.