Hale Bolton (1885-1920), Mountain Landscape, 1917, oil on canvas, 13 x 17", frame: 18 x 22"
Hale Bolton was born in Fredericksburg, Iowa in 1879. He grew up in Stuttgart, Arkansas, moving to Honey Grove, Texas in 1896. Bolton's teachers included Frank Reaugh in Dallas, with whom he would later go on painting trips to West Texas in 1916-1917. Bolton also studied with Paul Abram and William Rueloup in Paris, France, and William Orowelt in Holland. Prior to his European studies, in 1910-1913, Bolton received some art education in St. Louis at Washington University, from 1909-1910. He lived for approximately one year in California, returning to Texas in 1917. He received a grand prize from the California Society of Art shortly before he died. He was a member of the American Federation of Arts. His work is in the Capitol Historical Artifact Collection, in Austin, Texas. During his lifetime, Bolton exhibited his work in the Tri-State Exhibition, in Memphis, Tennessee, winning gold medals in 1907, 1910 and 1913. He also exhibited at the Galveston Cotton Carnival Annual Exhibition, in Texas, winning a medal in 1915; as well as the Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, in 1914, 1915, 1918, 1919; the Annual Exhibition of Texas Artists, Dallas Woman's Forum, in 1918 and 1920, winning a medal in 1916; and the Annual Exhibition of the State Fair of Texas, Dallas, in 1920.