A painting by Lucien Abrams, "In Forest, Oak Cliff," was the star of an exhibit of Texas impressionist paintings at the Turner House in Oak Cliff Saturday. Michael Grauer, curator of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, called Abrams "the forgotten Texas artist." Abrams, who studied in Paris and was a resident of the art colony at Old Lyme, Conn., was the son of William Henry Abrams, the railroad and oil man for whom we named Abrams Road. Although he lived in France and Connecticut, he maintained studios in East Dallas and San Antonio until his death in 1941.

Grauer said Lucien Abrams was a prodigy, but his work isn’t as well known as some of his Texas contemporaries, such as Frank Reaugh and Julian Onderdonk. "He is a forgotten man, but his work is extremely powerful and extremely important," Grauer said. After the jump is a short video, which includes a picture of "In Forest, Oak Cliff." Other examples of his work are here. Although you might have heard of Lucien Abrams, his Dallas ties aren’t widely known. Here is a biography on him, which omits Dallas entirely.

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