Reveau Bassett

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Reveau Bassett (Am. 1897-1981)

Born and reared in Dallas, Bassett traveled with Frank Reaugh on numerous sketching trips (beginning at age twelve) and studied at the National Academy of Design under Charles Courtney Curran. Bassett attended the Art Students League of New York and was a student of William Robinson Leigh, Joseph Pennell, and Boardman Robinson. At the Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, Bassett was a student of George Pearce Ennis.

Bassett painted in and around Dallas, in West Texas, and in New Mexico, a good number of his works being of migratory birds. He taught at the Dallas Art Institute in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Two of his canvases were selected for a 1925 exhibition at the National Academy of Design. Frank Reaugh noted the honor by the following remarks: “To have one’s work measured by the exacting standards and requirements if that great jury and hung along with that of now famous luminaries in the art world, might be truly said to put one in the frame. The distinction of having ones’s work hung in the great national gallery is tantamount to arriving.” Bassett was twenty-eight at the time.

Bassett assisted Eugene Savage in the execution of his mural depicting the history of Texas, placed in the Hall of State, Fair Park, Dallas, for the 1936 Centennial Exposition. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Bassett was a director of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon. In 1969 the Texas Senate passed a resolution commending Bassett for his accomplishments. Bassett was a lifelong resident of Dallas, where he died after a lifelong illness.

Source: Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists by John and Deborah Powers

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