The low horizon line of this lithograph evokes a sense of vastness, reflecting Edward G. Eisenlohr’s intimate familiarity with Texas topography. A resident of Dallas, Eisenlohr was passionate about depicting local scenery, stating that “if you can’t find a landscape worth painting within ten miles of where you are, no matter where you are, then you shouldn’t be a painter.”
While Eisenlohr championed local subjects, his cultural background and artistic training were unquestionably European. The descendant of German immigrants, Eisenlohr spent a year studying in Switzerland and Germany as an adolescent. He later returned to Germany as an adult, where he studied with artists who had been influenced by the Barbizon school. As a painter, Eisenlohr developed an impressionistic style, but his drawings and prints are distinguished by their meticulous, detailed execution.