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Frank Klepper
20th century
(Plano, Texas, 1890 - 1950)

Regarded as one of the leading landscape artists of the Southwest, Texas native Frank Klepper was a beloved teacher who left his mark on a generation of local artists. After attending the Art Institute of Chicago in 1914, he joined the army when the United States entered World War I and served in France. He remained there at the end of the war and continued his studies in Paris. He returned to Texas in 1920 where he immediately began to sell his work at good prices. In 1927 he moved to Dallas and founded the Southwestern School of Fine Arts with David Guian and became the chairman of the art department at the Dallas Woman's Forum. Three years later, he opened the Klepper Sketch Club where many Dallas artists of the Modern period got their start. He traveled again to France and Belgium around 1930. The present sheet may very well date to this period. His work can be found in a number of public collections, including the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association in Chicago, Illinois. References: Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1970. Madison, Conn., 1999. John & Deborah Powers. Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists: A Biographical Dictionary of Artists in Texas before 1942. Austin, 2000, pp. 283-84.

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