Historic Texas painting with ties to both JFK and LBJ will be auctioned November 16th-17th in Austin
An historic oil on canvas painting by the renowned Texas artist Porfirio Salinas (1910-1973), created to be presented to President Kennedy at the LBJ ranch on Nov. 23, 1963 will be auctioned Nov. 16-17 by Austin Auction Gallery in Austin, Texas.
By: Austin Auction GallerY
The auction date is close to the 56th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination – November 22nd, 1963. The painting is not only a work of art by an accomplished Texas painter, it is an historic artifact with connections to two former U.S. Presidents and one of the most seminal dates in U.S. history. Porfirio Salinas, incidentally, was Lyndon Johnson's favorite artist and a personal friend. He hung canvases by Salinas at his Texas ranch and even in his private suite at the White House.
Kennedy was scheduled to visit the LBJ ranch on the evening of November 22nd, following a planned fundraising dinner in Austin. It was at the ranch that Salinas had intended to personally present the painting to Kennedy as a gift, at a barbecue event the next day. The painting still has the original plaque stating it was a present from Salinas. A second, later plaque reflects on the assassination.
The painting, a landscape titled Rocky Creek, is signed lower left and measures 20 inches by 25 inches (sight). The overall size, with the frame, is 29 ¼ inches by 33 ½ inches. It has a pre-sale estimate of $75,000-$125,000. A second work by Salinas, a signed, framed oil on canvas titled Bluebonnets and Live Oaks, 29 ¼ inches by 35 ½ inches (sight), should bring $30,000-$40,000.
Porfirio Salinas was a landscape artist recognized for his depictions of the Texas Hill Country in springtime. He was one of the first Mexican American artists to become nationally recognized for his paintings.
For those unable to attend the auction in person, online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and via the Austin Auction Gallery website: www.austinauction.com. Start times are 10 am Central time both days.
To learn more about Austin Auction Gallery and the November 16th-17th auction, please visit www.austinauction.com.