Eloise Polk McGill (1868-1939), Bluebonnet Landscape, oil on board, sight: 15.5 x 25.5", frame: 22.5 x 32.5"
Born in Independence, Texas, Eloise Polk McGill became a noted landscape and portrait painter of Texas in the impressionist style. She is especially noted for her bluebonnet landscapes of the Texas Hill Country. McGill began her studies with San Antonio artist Robert Jenkins Onderdonk and then at the Art Students League under William Merritt Chase. She traveled to Paris and studied there with Robert Reid. After her studies, she continued to paint, teach and exhibit her works. She exhibited extensively, beginning in 1888 at the age of 20. She exhibited a canvas in San Antonio's first art exhibit in 1894 and later in the late 1920s she exhibited several canvases at the prestigious Edgar B. Davis national competition, held at the Witte Museum, and at the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936, held at the Dallas Museum of Art. McGill was a member of the San Antonio Art League; Southern States Art League and the Texas Fine Arts Association.