The Art of Alexandre Hogue

It has been three and a half years, almost to the day, since the last blog post about Alexandre Hogue, but I didn’t know that when I was looking at some of the pictures we have of his artwork. I recognized him because of the campus art gallery bears his name and discovered his work through the collection of his art and papers that we have in the department. Hogue’s work has been exhibited across the country as well as internationally (see here and here for a few examples) and today I’m sharing a few of my favorites.

black and white image of large groups of people doing various activities, with a cloud of burning oil in the background, created by Alexandre Hogue

Spindletop 1901

I love expressive paintings like these two! There are so many things to focus on and a thousand stories in a single image. He captures the essence of business in Texas (where he grew up) and Oklahoma really well; not only does he capture it, I think he critiques the economic, ecological, and social impacts of that business fairly well, too.

black and white image of a tree surrounded by oil pipes and towers, with a man standing nearby on the side, created by Alexandre Hogue

Oilman’s Christmas Tree


black and white image of a man wearing books and a large hat, shooting a gun in front of the Texas flag, with the words "at mention of that grand old name I always SALUTE" written on the side, created by Alexandre Hogue

Cover Image, Frank J. Dobie’s Flavor of Texas

This little gem sums up Texas so well! I love that it was the cover image of Frank J. Dobie’s book. Hogue painted a portrait of Dobie as well.

black and white hand drawn image of TU's McFarlin library with people walking around outside, created by Alexandre Hogue

McFarlin Library, University of Tulsa 54/55

Alexandre Hogue was head of TU’s Art Department from 1945-1963 and during his time here, he drew this little picture of our very own McFarlin Library. I have loved this building from the moment I arrived on campus and I think he portrayed it perfectly. Even though the building has changed dramatically since his depiction, its very essence remains unchanged.

Hogue also illustrated the American war effort and I found a few of these especially intriguing.

black and white image of a hand pouring a substance into a container, labeled with words about fascism, created by Alexandre Hogue

The Crucible of Public Opinion

Just like Spindletop 1901, I love how much this picture provides so much to ponder. While he was referencing the Italian press of the 1930s, this image’s timeless nature resonates just as well here and now as it did when he created it.

black and white image of bombs, missiles, and tanks with soldiers aiming for the Italian peninsula, which features an image of Benito Mussolini, created by Alexandre Hogue

Nightmare of a Heel Trembling in His Boot

Hogue illustrated the might of the Allied forces against Axis powers by taking aim (figuratively) at Italy’s Benito Mussolini in the work Nightmare of a Heel Trembling in His Boot.

black and white image of an American flag, a small dove, and two airplanes flying on a background of clouds, created by Alexandre Hogue


This work in particular surely bolstered Americans’ support of the war effort through its powerful imagery of liberation and peace framed around America.


If you’d like to see Alexandre Hogue’s work or one of the many other collections we hold, please contact us at for arrangements. We are currently open only to TU students, faculty, and staff by appointments made at least 24 hours in advance. You are also welcome to browse our Catalog and Digital Collections and request photocopies or digital scans of materials through the same email. Kelsey and I fulfill requests as quickly as possible, but especially large requests or a high volume of requests may take us up to 4-6 weeks. We are happy to help you as best we can and we hope that you stay safe and healthy!

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