Olaf Carl Seltzer

Olaf Carl Seltzer

Nationality: American

O.C. Seltzer was born in Copenhagen and began his training as an artist at the age of twelve. However, his schooling was cut short by the death of his family and the subsequent move of his mother to Great Falls, Montana in 1892. There he found work as a cowboy and machinist for the railroad. A few years later, he met Charles M. Russell, and the two became lifelong friends. They frequently took painting trips together, visited each other in their studios, and critiqued one another's work. Both artists chose to paint the Indians and cowboys of Montana.

Seltzer's work is often compared with that of his friend and mentor, Russell. So similar were their styles, that the work of Seltzer is frequently attributed to Russell. While many critics have found Seltzer's work to be the lesser of the two cowboy artists, Russell himself said that painting with Seltzer had greatly influenced his art in terms of color and values. Like Russell, Seltzer painted in both oils and water solubles, and also like Russell, his greatest skill as an artist is perhaps best represented in his watercolors and gouaches. Vaquero shows his skill with that medium and his sure control of subject and style. A master at depicting the cowboy life of the Northern Plains, Seltzer's shows here that he is equally adept at capturing the cattle culture of the Southwest.


Olaf Carl Seltzer Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
OLAF CARL SELTZER (American, 1877-1957) The Brand Rustlers Oil on canvas 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm) Signed lowe
OLAF CARL SELTZER (American, 1877-1957)The Brand RustlersOil on canvas20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)Signed lowe...
Lot 76014
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
OLAF C. SELTZER (American 1877 - 1957) Cow Puncher, 1906 Watercolor 14-3/8 x 10 inches Signed and dated lower right
OLAF C. SELTZER (American 1877 - 1957)Cow Puncher, 1906Watercolor14-3/8 x 10 inchesSigned and dated lower right...
Lot 25155
Auction 638
Friday, November 10, 2006
OLAF C. SELTZER (American 1877 - 1957) Indian Scouts, 1906 Watercolor 10 x 7-3/4 inches Signed lower right  PROVEN
OLAF C. SELTZER (American 1877 - 1957)Indian Scouts, 1906Watercolor10 x 7-3/4 inchesSigned lower rightPROVEN...
Lot 25154
Auction 638
Friday, November 10, 2006
OLAF CARL SELTZER (American, 1877-1957) Plains Chief Watercolor on paper 17-1/4 x 5-5/8 inches (43.8 x 14.3 cm) (sig
OLAF CARL SELTZER (American, 1877-1957)Plains ChiefWatercolor on paper 17-1/4 x 5-5/8 inches (43.8 x 14.3 cm) (sig...
Lot 70011
Auction 5134
Saturday, May 11, 2013
OLAF C. SELTZER (American, 1877-1957) Indian Pony, circa 1900 Ink on paper 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) Signed lo
OLAF C. SELTZER (American, 1877-1957)Indian Pony, circa 1900Ink on paper11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm)Signed lo...
Lot 38153
Auction 5019
Friday, July 17, 2009

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