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 have decided to produce a series of blog posts titled Correcting Hogue’s Legacy in which we will address and correct these errors in dates and information. We will also provide images of the letters and documents from the Smithsonian Archives to confirm our research findings. We will publish these blog posts weekly on our website and will send them to members of our mailing list.
We will begin the series 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 will provide 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.
The first painting we will be presenting is Red Earth Canyon, which was not finished in 1932 as listed, but in 1937. In addition, the painting is most likely of the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos, New Mexico, not in Oklahoma or Texas as he alluded to in his letters.
We hope you find these blogs interesting and informative. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Russell Tether, President Katherine Hillman, Associate