Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 6

Donald S. Vogel
Two Girls in Green

1967

$2,400

About

Donald Vogel’s paintings reflect his interest in seeking beauty in life and in sharing pleasure with his viewers. Vogel entreats us to "rejoice and celebrate each new day, knowing it is a gift in itself, and produce something of worth to be shared. That is the life that has served this artist's pilgrimage." Donald S. Vogel has been a set designer and technical director in the theater, a fine art dealer, and a writer, but first and foremost he is a painter. From a young age he was intrigued by the possibilities of creating images. The excitement and pleasure derived from the act of creation continued to be the force that compelled him to paint throughout his life. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Donald S. Vogel began his formal art training at the Witte Memorial Museum in San Antonio when he was seventeen. His training, under the watchful eye of Eleanor Onderdonk, was briefly interrupted by a move to Washington, DC , where he took drawing classes at The Corcoran School of Art . He returned to San Antonio to finish high school and continued studying under Onderdonk. After graduation, he moved to Chicago in 1936 to enroll in The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist rooms of the Institute, a new world opened up to him, one that would forever influence the direction of his work. He saw art that dealt with the effects of atmosphere and light. The subjects and techniques used by these painters conveyed a sense of happiness, exuberance, and pleasure, which offered a stark contrast to the world outside stifled by the Great Depression. While studying at the Art Institute, Vogel roomed at the Artist Community House where many students lived. This environment served as a counterpoint to the academic training he received at the Institute. It afforded the students the freedom to discuss issues in contemporary art, and freely experiment with unconventional ideas and techniques. Most importantly, this fertile environment intensified Vogel's commitment to paint. Feeling the pinch of the Depression, Vogel left the Art Institute in 1940, and was accepted on the WPA Easel Project. This allowed him the luxury of drawing and painting from dawn to dusk. The freedom to paint at all hours focused his interest on the seemingly endless variations of light and atmosphere. With unlimited use of a model, he produced thousands of figure drawings until, eventually freed from the necessity of working from life, he began to paint purely from his imagination. In 1942, Vogel moved to Dallas. The previous year, while he was still living in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts had given Vogel a one-person show; in 1943, shortly after his arrival in Dallas, the DMFA gave him another. While working first as a set designer and then as technical director at the Dallas Little Theater, Vogel spent his free time at the easel. During the 1940's he gained recognition in the art community by promoting the work of fellow artists and winning coveted purchase awards and prizes in the Texas General and Allied Arts Exhibitions for his own paintings. In 1951, Vogel and his wife Peggy, alongside Dallas arts patron Betty McLean, opened the Betty McLean Gallery. It was the first gallery in Texas to deal in modern art on an international level. In 1954, the Vogels moved to a five-acre site north of Dallas and opened Valley House Gallery. The new setting at Valley House deeply inspired Vogel, serving as a source for ideas, and providing a place of serenity and contemplation. Vogel's work is characterized by his love of color, and his fascination with the changing qualities of light. A favorite subject, often revisited during the latter part of his career, is the greenhouse. He first experimented with this subject in 1976, and began using it in earnest in 1978. Having worked in a hothouse during his youth, he found it a natural subject for exploring the effects of atmosphere, light, and color. Like Monet's pond at Giverny, Vogel's greenhouses have become his signature: an imaginary place of endless fascination. Vogel produced many catalogues for gallery artists but he had never written for himself. In 1989, he penned two autobiographical short stories and published them under the title Charcoal and Cadmium Red. He found writing to be as challenging a process as painting. During his eighth decade, he wrote and painted with equal intensity. “The agony and ecstasy I felt while producing each work was welcomed, as each required the other to fulfill the quest. And the quest remains to produce works that should delight the eye, give pause for thought, heighten the spirit, and sense the awareness of our being,” wrote Donald S. Vogel in 1998, on the occasion of his Retrospective exhibition and catalogue. Donald S. Vogel's work is included in the following collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Beaumont Museum of Fine Art, Beaumont, Texas Charles Goddard Center, Ardmore, Oklahoma Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, Alabama Ft. Worth Art Association, Ft. Worth, Texas Old Jail Foundation, Albany, Texas Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma The Pennsylvania Trust, Radnor, Pennsylvania Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas This painting is unframed; the price does not include a frame.

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 4-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Dallas, TX
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Dallas, TX
Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Established in 1954
1stDibs seller since 2013
116 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 9 hours
Associations
Art Dealers Association of America
More From This Seller
  • By Donald S. Vogel
    Located in Dallas, TX
    Donald Vogel’s paintings reflect his interest in seeking beauty in life and in sharing pleasure with his viewers...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century American Modern Interior Paintings

    Materials

    Oil, Panel

  • By Donald S. Vogel
    Located in Dallas, TX
    Donald Vogel’s paintings reflect his interest in seeking beauty in life and in sharing pleasure with his viewers...
    Category

    1970s American Modern Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil, Panel

  • By Donald S. Vogel
    Located in Dallas, TX
    Including the frame, the overall dimensions are 31 x 38 inches Donald Vogel’s paintings reflect his interest in...
    Category

    1970s American Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil, Panel

  • By Donald S. Vogel
    Located in Dallas, TX
    The greenhouse became a favorite subject of Donald Vogel's in the 1980's. As Vogel reflected in the 1998 catalog...
    Category

    Late 20th Century American Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil, Panel

  • By Donald S. Vogel
    Located in Dallas, TX
    The greenhouse became a favorite subject of Donald Vogel's in the 1980's. As Vogel reflected in the 1998 catalog...
    Category

    Late 20th Century American Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil, Panel

  • By Donald S. Vogel
    Located in Dallas, TX
    Donald Vogel’s paintings reflect his interest in seeking beauty in life and in sharing pleasure with his viewers...
    Category

    1970s American Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil, Panel

You May Also Like

Philip Evergood American Modernism WPA Social Realism Modern Still Life Interior
By Philip Evergood
Located in New York, NY
Interior with Man at Table American Modernism WPA Social Realism Modern Painting Philip Evergood (1901 - 1973) Untitled (Interior with Man at Table), c. 1932, oil on panel, 11 1/2 x...
Category

1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

The Sculptress
By William Robert Shulgold
Located in West Hollywood, CA
William Robert Shulgold (1897-1989), studied under Arthur Watson Sparks, head of Carnegie?€™s art department. He specialized in figurative genre subjects, displaying within his paint...
Category

1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

Air Raid Shelter
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Air Raid Shelter" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a palette of dark hues of grays and reds by American artist Irving Norman. It is sig...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

'The Doctor's Office', WPA, San Francisco, Chouinard, SFMA, Oakland Museum, SFAA
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed lower right, 'Justin Murray' (American, 1912-1987), titled, verso, 'The Doctor's Office' and painted circa 1945. Born in Minneapolis, Justin Murray moved to Alameda, Californ...
Category

1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Bay Area Figurative Movement -- Cigarette Break
By Patricia Gren Hayes
Located in Soquel, CA
Wonderful figurative by Patricia Gren Hayes (American, 20th Century). Signed on verso. Unframed. Size: 30"H x 40"W. Bay Area Figurative / Bay Area Feminist Art Movement artist, Pat...
Category

1960s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Guy Pene du Bois WPA American Modernism Realism NYC Scene Oil Lawyers in Court
By Guy Pène Du Bois
Located in New York, NY
Guy Pene du Bois' "Two Figures in Courtroom" is a WPA era American scene oil painting created in a realistic style. Modernism at its best The work is framed by Heydenryk. Pène du B...
Category

1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Board, Paper, Oil

"Gentleman at a Piano," Lilla Cabot Perry, Edward Ballantine Boston Musician
By Lilla Cabot Perry
Located in New York, NY
Lilla Cabot Perry (1848 - 1933) Gentleman at a Piano, 1933 Oil on canvas 45 1/2 x 54 inches Signed lower left Provenance: Boston Educational Institution, Massachusetts Skinner Bos...
Category

1930s American Modern Interior Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Nude by the Mirror" Mid-Century Modern Expressionist and Cubist Figure
By Byron Browne
Located in New York, NY
Byron Browne (1907 - 1961) Nude by a Mirror, 1958 Oil on canvas 26 x 20 inches Signed lower right Provenance: Doyle New York, Doyle + Design, June 7, 2017, Lot 20 Born in Yonkers,...
Category

1950s American Modern Interior Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery