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February 18, 2013

Star of the Republic Museum to feature Gentilz exhibit

Artist captured everyday life, historic events in 19th-century Texas

The Star of the Republic Museum administered by Blinn College is proud to announce the display of an exhibit featuring renowned 19th-century artist Theodore Gentilz, whose paintings captured everyday life in South Texas and Mexico during the period as well as important historical events.

The 16-piece exhibit, “The Substance of Life: Texas Through the Eyes of Theodore Gentilz,” will be open from March 2-May 31, and will include “Lavanderas,” “Barrilleros en San Felipe” and “Tlachiqueros: Gathering Juice from the Maguey.”

Gentilz (1819-1906) was born in Paris and studied as a draftsman, painter and engineer before he was hired in 1844 by French entrepreneur Henri Castro to serve as surveyor, artist and promotion agent for Castro’s projected colony in Castroville, Texas. Gentilz used his considerable drafting skill to produce a valuable record of the period’s events, characters, customs, architecture and landscapes. As a historian, he attempted to recreate the major events of his time.

Gentilz’s work often focused on the indigenous cultures of the region, including Indians, Mexican ranchers and villagers, Spanish missions and street scenes on both sides of the border. Today, most of his works reside in permanent collections, and are consulted by scholars and avidly sought by collectors.

Star of the Republic Museum is located off Highway 105 between Brenham and Navasota on FM 1155 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. For more information, visit or call 936-878-2461, ext. 237.

Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution. Its purpose is to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic from 1836-1846 and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity and values of early Texans. Operating hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.