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 Rosalie Speed  (1903 - 2004)

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: landscape and still life painting, commercial art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

Born in Dallas in 1903, Rosalie Speed, aside from early years in Lake Charles, then Shreveport Louisiana, grew up in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas.  She received her education at Southern Methodist University, and the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Women’s University) in Denton, as well as the Aunspaugh School in Dallas.

Speed was invited to join the Frank Reaugh Art Club in 1929.  She was active in the Dallas art scene and Texas regionalist movement during the 1930’s and 1940’s and began exhibiting alongside respected artists including Otis Dozier and Jerry Bywaters.  In 1935, she was awarded with the Pollack Purchase Prize from the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.  The same year Speed exhibited with Frances Skinner, Pearl Shockley and Verda Ligon when the Sartor Galleries held one of the first exhibitions of women artists in Dallas.  Her painting, Old and Modern Towers, a work reminiscent of early Georgia O’Keeffe, was included in the Centennial Exhibition of the 1936 State Fair of Texas.  During the late thirties, Speed’s artwork was exhibited in San Francisco, California and Kansas City, Missouri. Twice, Speed had the unique honor of holding two solo exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; the first in 1941 and the second in 1947.  Her oil painting Old Man River at Vicksburg was included in the first exhibition and is now held in the permanent collection of the Tyler Museum of Art.  In 1950, upon her mother’s death, Rosalie Speed discontinued her artistic endeavors to care for her father until his death in 1983 at the age of 106.  Consequently, her artwork was not exhibited again until the early nineties.

In 1993, Speed’s artwork was reintroduced to the public when the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas organized the exhibition, “Women Artists of Texas: 1850-1950.”  A still life by the artist was featured in “Celebrating Early Texas Art: Treasures from Dallas-Fort Worth Private Collections, 1900-1960” at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in 2005.  Most recently, The Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas presented “Rosalie Speed: Rediscovered Texas Treasure.”  The exhibition featured an extensive body of Speed’s artwork and ephemera discovered throughout her home upon her death in 2004.  Much of the work exhibited had not been seen by the public in over fifty years.

Her compositions, often executed in watercolor, oil or pastel, generally chronicle scenes from everyday life in the South and Southwest.  Many of these scenes depict images from her travels, as she frequently accompanied her family to destinations such as Louisiana, New Mexico and California.  Her paintings are executed in crisp color and although reminiscent of naïve art, hold a distinct place among other works by noteworthy Texas regionalists in the first half of the 20th century.

Exhibitions
2006    “Rosalie Speed: Rediscovered Texas Treasures,” Tyler Museum of Art
2005    “Celebrating Early Texas Art: Treasures from Dallas-Fort Worth Private Collections, 1900-1960,” Fort Worth Community Arts Center
2003    “Neighbors: Texas Artist in New Mexico,” Tyler Museum of Art
2002    “Neighbors: Texas Artists in New Mexico,” Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX
1993    “Women Artists of Texas 1850-1950,” Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX
1950    Metropolitan Museum of Art – American Painting Today, Wood Violet
1949    Twentieth Allied Arts Exhibition
1948    Federation of Dallas Artists, Dallas, Texas, Lone Heron
    Nineteenth Allied Arts Exhibition, Twilight in Old Charleston, Between Showers
1947     Rosalie Speed Solo Exhibit, Dallas Museum
of Art, Dallas, TX, Wood Violet, Shelter From Storm, Lone Heron, Blue Door, Dallas Courthouse, Faded Splendor
    Annual Texas Artist Circuit Exhibition, Federation of Dallas Artists, Dallas, TX, Five Poplars
    Eighteenth Allied Arts Exhibition, Midnight Special
1945    Bill Cole Gallery, Navajo Shepherdess
    Dallas Allied Artists Exhibition, Award
    Sixteenth Allied Arts Exhibition, Manhattan Lullaby
1944    Corpus Christi Caller Time Annual Exhibition
1943    Fourteenth Allied Arts Exhibition, Fog in the Mountains, Granny
1942     Rosalie Speed Solo Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, The Quest, Old Man River at Vicksburg, Oaks, They Flew Through the Air, Docks, Granny
    Annual Texas Artist Circuit Exhibition
    Dallas Allied Artists Exhibition, Award
1941     Third Texas General Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, The Quest
    Texas-Oklahoma General Exhibition
    Southern Art Exhibition, Blue Ridge, NC, Jimson
    Twelfth Allied Artists Exhibition, Dallas, TX, Jimson
    Texas Fine Arts Exhibition, Austin, TX, Noon in Central City
    Annual Texas Artist Circuit Exhibition, honorable mention
1940     Eleventh Allied Artist Exhibition, Dallas, TX, Special Honors, In the French Quarter
1939    Annual Exhibition of the State Fair of Texas, Dallas, TX, On Upper Valley Road
1938    58th Annual Exhibition, San Francisco Art Association, San Francisco, CA
    Annual Mid-Western Artists Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas, MO
    Golden Jubilee Exhibition, State Fair of Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
    Ninth Allied Artists Exhibition, Dallas, TX, Old Man River at Vicksburg, (now in the collection of Tyler Museum of Art)
    Exhibition of Women Artists of Dallas County, Dallas, TX, Amaryllis, Sunshine and Shadows
1937    Annual Texas Artist’s Forum, Fort Worth, TX
    Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, Thompson’s Corner, Provincetown Fishing Boat
    Eighth Allied Artist Exhibition, Dallas, TX Colored Baptist
1936    16th Annual Southern States Art League, Houston, TX, Sunday on a Plantation
    Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, Old and Modern Towers
1935    Seventh Allied Artist Exhibition, Dallas, TX Canton Street (Pollack Purchase Prize Winner), Sunday on a Plantation, Quince Preserves, Hilltop
    Sator Gallery, Dallas, TX
    Annual Texas Artists Forum, Fort Worth, TX
    Dallas Painters in Oils, Dallas, TX
1933    Sixth Allied Artist Exhibition, Dallas, TX, City Fruit Stand, Coal Chute
1932    Fifth Allied Artist Exhibition, Dallas, TX, Little Boy Blue’s Toys, Twilight, Peter Pumpkin Eater
    Dallas Woman’s Club, Gray Day
1931    Forth Allied Artist Exhibition, Dallas, TX (award), Frank Reaugh Art Club, Cactus
1930    Third Allied Artist Exhibition, Dallas, TX
1929    Second Allied Artists Exhibition, Dallas, TX, Frank Reaugh Art Club, Galveston Docks,
Little Mexico

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