The creations of famed 20th century artist Alexandre Hogue helped the world to view the American Southwest in new and beautiful ways through his visions of the rugged, remote and compelling landscapes that dominate the region. "Igneous Intrusive Mass, Big Bend," which graces this month's special Convention Issue cover, was his study of a place that some will visit this month during annual meeting field trips. The work was part of Hogue's Big Bend series, completed in the 1970s, relatively late in his career. Hogue first did sketches of the region for this series in 1965, the result of several visits. It was not until 1976 when he began developing the sketches into paintings, one of the more noted ones being that seen on our cover. "Igneous Intrusive Mass, Big Bend" is important in artistic terms for its vivid, intense use of colors, and for Hogue's fluid style. The painting was completed in 1978. Hogue, like so many geologists before him, looked at the land and saw the beauty. The work here, a pastel study Hogue used for as the model for the painting, is from the private collection of Julius and Caroline Johnson.
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