In 2018, Russell Tether Fine Arts Associates began researching a recently rediscovered Dust Bowl painting by Alexandre Hogue. We began this research by going to the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, which contain letters to and from Alexandre Hogue, newspaper articles, catalogues, and publications.
During this research, we came across a great deal of information that contradicts previously accepted information about Hogue’s paintings. We also realized much of the information on Alexandre Hogue in the book Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary (Texas A&M University Press, 2011) is incorrect.
As a result of these discoveries, we produced a series of blog posts titled Correcting Hogue’s Legacy to address and correct these errors in dates and information. Throughout the series, we provided images of the letters and documents from the Smithsonian Archives to confirm our research findings.
The series begins by examining the Erosion series paintings, starting with the earliest works as described in the book Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary. In addition to addressing the dates of completion of these paintings, we have provided further insight with regards to his personal experiences during the Dust Bowl, his professional career as a teacher and artist, and inspirations for paintings that were not covered in the book.
We hope you find this series interesting and informative. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Russell Tether, President Katherine Hillman, Associate