Robert Hamman (b. 1938), Rose Gardens, oil on canvas, 30 x 40", frame: 37 x 47"
Robert Hamman was one of the first artists to see his hometown of San Antonio, Texas through romantic eyes. The Riverwalk, the missions, the old residential areas, and the Spanish Governor's Palace are painted with soft edges and glowing colors, capturing the true essence of one of America's oldest cities. Long attracted to the Victorian and Edwardian periods, travel in Europe heightened his interest in these eras. The combination and overlaying of a wide range of colors creates a striking yet subtle effect. The influence of both American and French impressionists is evident in Hamman's work.