Alexandre Hogue

born Memphis, MO 1898-died Tulsa, OK 1994
Memphis, Missouri, United States
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Active in
  • Dallas, Texas, United States
  • American

Painter, printmaker. Leaving his boyhood home in Texas, Hogue began his formal art education at the College of Art and Design in Minneapolis. In 1921 he moved to New York, where he lived and worked for four years, returning to Texas during the summers to paint. He eventually settled in Dallas. Starting in 1926, Hogue began making long visits to Taos, which he continued until 1942, forming close friendships with Ernest Blumenschein, W. Herbert Dunton, Joseph Imhof, Victor Higgins, Emil Bisttram, and others who became valuable mentors and advisers. Hogue remains best known for his Dust Bowl scenes of the 1930s, but during his Taos visits, he became deeply interested in the Pueblos, their spiritual concerns, and their land ethic. The latter reinforced his own investigation of the southwestern environment, which continued in more abstract and metaphysical terms through the next four decades.

Wilbanks, Elsie Montgomery. Art on the Texas Plains: The Story of Regional Art and the South Plains Art Guild. Lubbock, Tex.: South Plains Art Guild, 1959.

DeLong, Lea Rosson. Nature's Forms/Nature's Forces: The Art of Alexandre Hogue. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press and Philbrook Art Center, 1984.

Stewart, Rick. Lone Star Regionalism: The Dallas Nine and Their Circle, pp. 168–72. Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985.

Charles Eldredge, Julie Schimmel, and William H. Truettner Art in New Mexico, 1900–1945: Paths to Taos and Santa Fe (Washington, DC: National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1986)

Luce Artist Biography
Alexandre Hogue moved from Minnesota, where he studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, to Texas and then to New York before finally settling in Dallas, Texas. There, he pursued painting full-time, supplementing his income by teaching summer art classes at a local women's college. Hogue traveled throughout the Southwest in the 1920s and '30s, frequently visiting the Taos art colony in New Mexico, where he met Ernest Blumenschein and W. Herbert Dunton, and other artists. These trips helped acquaint him with the American Indian tribes of the region and their shared respect for the land, an idea that permeated Hogue's subsequent landscape paintings. Hogue is best known for a series of landscape scenes he did in the 1930s of the Dust Bowl. These paintings showed the American landscape devastated by drought as opposed to a lush garden of opportunity.