Van Vechten-Lineberry Taos Art Museum
Dunbier Paints the Southwest
March 10 - June 18, 2000
Augustus W. Dunbier (1888-1977) was a prolific oil painter and a long time resident of Omaha, Nebraska from 1915 to 1977. He traveled and painted widely throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico where he first went in the early 1930's, as soon as he heard the Pan-American Highway had been completed to Mexico City. (left: Penetente Church, 1963, oil, 28 x 24 inches, Estate of Augustus W. Dunbier)
As the years passed, Dunbier visited and revisited just about every corner of North America, painting the mountains of California, New Mexico, Colorado, the desert of Arizona, harbors and mountains on both coasts, and landscapes in the Midwest, Texas and Pacific Northwest.
Known as a colorist, he did paintings characterized by assertive, contrasting colors and bold brushwork. His landscapes were both realistic and capturing of intangibles such as season, temperature, time of day, atmospheric light, and impending weather. Dunbier completed most of these landscapes "en plein air," entirely out-of-doors, taking no more than several hours for each work.
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