José Arpa: A Spanish Painter in Texas will be on view at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas March 11 - May 28, 2017. A gallery talk and opening reception will take place on Friday, March 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Arpa’s use of black hues is a nod to his Spanish heritage, while the mixture of other cultures such as European countries, Mexican and American influenced his work. Texas culture, especially, provided Arpa with an abundance of inspiration making his work vibrant and diverse.
“Texas Impressionism” was greatly impacted by Arpa’s style, and his teachings transformed this movement in south-central Texas. Arpa exhibited his artwork in museums and galleries throughout Texas, with viewings in New York and Spain. In 1931, Arpa returned to Spain where he remained until his death in 1952.
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.