Daryle Lambert Blog: Texas Bluebonnet Landscapes by Master Listed Artists Porfirio Salinas, Robert W. Wood and William A. Slaughter are the best of the West artists, when it comes to paintings containing the Texas Bluebonnet.
News-Antique.com - Feb 05,2008 - You might have have seen the work of Porfirio Salinas and Robert William Wood, landscape artists whose paintings are best known for their Texas Bluebonnets, but have you seen the work of William A. Slaughter?
These artists are the best of the West when it comes to Bluebonnet Paintings, the state flower of Texas. I believe Slaughter's work is undervalued, and once discovered, watch out.
Porfirio Salinas, 1910-1973, was born in Texas and died in Texas. He is best know for his breathtaking Texas landscapes, particularly those with the Texas Bluebonnet. He became friends with Robert William Wood, and as the story goes, Wood would pay Salinas five dollars a painting to paint the bluebonnets on his canvases because he hated to paint them so much. The top auction record to date for a Salinas painting sold for $74,750 in October, 2007 at David Dike Auction, but I believe one could expect much more for one of his better paintings in today's market.
Robert W. Wood, 1889-1979, might be better known for prints of his paintings than his actual paintings. Prints of his paintings have appeared everywhere from calendars, place mats, wall hangings and even advertisements. Wood is known to be both a California and Texas artist. I once bought, if my memory serves me well, seven of his original paintings for $7,500 and sold the largest of them for $6,250 at Treadway Auction in September of 2002. This was a large painting, and I wish I still had it today. The top price for one of Wood's paintings, according to auction records, was $45,410 through Heritage Auction Galleries in January of 2006. But don't expect to buy his better works for that price today.
The best value in these artists' bluebonnet landscapes comes from the youngster of the group, William A. Slaughter of San Antonio, Texas, 1923-2003. I'm sure he made the acquaintance of both Salinas and Wood, and I believe, as time passes, Slaughter's work may become more valuable than Salinas or Wood.
31 Gallery, has a large William A. Slaughter listed, that I was fortunate to have acquire several years back, and that has been a part of my personal collection for several years now. The great thing about being in this business is that you get to own and enjoy works produced by some of the greatest artists ever to inhabit this earth - possessed with talent that could only have come directly from God. I enjoy these beautiful works of art while they are in my possession, then I pass them on for others to enjoy. In this way, I also continually upgrade my collection with other fine works of art.
31 Gallery & Marketplace offers my large William A. Slaughter beauty from my personal collection.
About Daryle S. Lambert:
Daryle Lambert is author of "31 Steps to your Millions in Antiques & Collectibles" and leader of its spin off 31 Club, the industry's only antiques and art learning and investment club. Mr. Lambert has