April 2017


Julian Onderdonk, "Unheralded Wonder"

Thank you so much for making me aware of this great artist. I have always been a big fan of William Merritt Chase (and pretty much all the other American Impressionists), but I had never heard of this fellow. It makes me wonder (as I have while discovering underplayed Romantic composers) how many more like him there might be. Are you the only ones making the effort to promote these unheralded wonders?

Dan Karlan
Pocatello, Idaho

The writer is co-author of The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived (2006). He discusses the genesis of the book and more in "Author to Speak on The Most Influential People Who Never Lived," Idaho State Journal, November 7, 2015.

The Editors reply:

We appreciate Dan Karlan's kind words. Sadly, at present we seem to be the only critics who make a point of promoting such "unheralded wonders," as he aptly puts it. There are, however, many artists and art lovers who write online about their favorite artists, both neglected and well-known, on personal weblogs and in Facebook discussion groups such as The Boston Painters: 1880-1930.