Josephine Oliver (1908–1991) was born in Paris, Texas, in 1908, and moved with her family to Oak Cliff in 1911. In 1920, her family rented the main house on a property owned by Frank Reaugh (1860–1945), one of Texas' most respected artists and teachers. Reaugh quickly realized the 12-year-old Josephine Oliver had great potential as an artist and uncommon proficiency with the violin.
She started taking art classes with Reaugh and in 1923, at 15 years of age, joined Reaugh and a group of his students on a month-long sketching trip to West Texas. Shortly thereafter, Josephine became Reaugh's teaching assistant overseeing students who were expected to sketch up to four pastels a day on the ex
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