Much of this openness to foreign ideas and styles was due to several members of the group travelling to Europe to study.
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First, In the Chair Car shows two nuns on their commute from their convent into the Dallas diocese. In another painting, Century Plant , the natural colors and landscape of Texas are mixed with the fantasy forms of the Surrealists, lending a very energetic, otherworldly feel to an otherwise common subject.
Another artist whose work is a highlight of the exhibition borrowed from the Surrealists. So the women actually formed their own printmakers guild. Although the Dallas Nine ceased to operate as a group after its members scattered to pursue careers throughout the state and beyond, artists from that circle continued to do meaningful work and exerted a powerful influence over a new generation of artists through their positions as teachers and museum administrators.