Charles Franklin Reaugh (1860-1945) At the age of 15 Frank Reaugh and his parents moved to Terrell, Texas by covered wagon from Southern Illinois. On the small ranch the Reaugh’s owned in Terrell, longhorn’s were sent there from stock ranches to graze and fatten. Reaugh’s interest was immediately captivated by his first site of a Texas Longhorn which would change his life forever. He had excellent opportunity for first-hand study of the longhorn on the range.
Reaugh gives credit to his mother for his early start in art and she encouraged him to continue. Reaugh had no formal art training to the age of 20 when he entered the Saint Louis School of Fine Arts, then to Paris at the Julian Academy studying under Lucien Doucet, Benjamin Constant and Bougereau and continued his studies in Holland and Belgium. Reaugh returned to Texas to devote his life to the Texas prairies and the longhorn.
Reaugh moved to Dallas in 1903 opening his first studio known as The Iron Shed. Reaugh painted in oil and pastel, which he considered pastel best suited for his small sketches.
His chance to study longhorn bulls came in later years. Four hundred native bulls and stags, displaced on the plains by bred-up stock, were put to pasture within a half a mile of his house. Frank Reaugh became known as the Rembrant of Longhorns. The brush of Frank Reaugh has proven an inspired one in preserving for posterity an important part of Texas ranching.
Frank Reaugh exhibited in many important exhibits winning numerous awards, including the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Of the 44pictures sold at the Chicago fair, two were Reaugh’s. He also exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago; State Fair of Texas in Dallas; Annual Texas Artists Exhibition in Fort Worth; In 1911 in Waco at the Annual Cotton Palace Exposition; Dallas Woman’s Forum to mention a few.
Crossing the Brazos - 1880's
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