Sail Boats at Dana’s Landing
16'' X 20''
Landscape, figure, portrait painter and graphic artist Harry Peyton Carnohan was born on April 18, 1904 in Milford, Texas, moving to Dallas around 1910. He studied privately with Vivian Aunspaugh and Frank Reaugh before attending the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. Carnohan then spent five years in Paris, Florence, and Rome, one of them studying with Andre Lhote. He financed his sojourn in Europe on a foreign study scholarship, the Bryan Lathrop Traveling Fellowship, in 1926 from the Art Institute that was supplemented by a Guggenheim Fellowship. He exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in Paris, in 1927.Back in Dallas in 1930, Carnohan was active in the Dallas Artists League, and the Dallas Nine southwestern regionalist artists. He was more open, at that time, to European modernist styles like Surrealism than fellow regionalist painters Alexandre Hogue and Jerry Bywaters. One of his best-known paintings, "West Texas Landscape", depicting a shed, hose, bucket and rocks, has Surrealist influences. The painting was awarded a purchase prize in 1935 at the Seventh Annual Allied Arts Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. It was also considered one of the two finest paintings exhibited by Texan artists at the Centennial Exposition in 1936.
Carnohan was included in the Texas contingent of artists by the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, in its touring exhibition of American artists in 1933. He exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art annual exhibition in New York City in 1934, and the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco in 1939.