Olaf Wieghorst

Olaf Wieghorst


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Denmark (Europe)

"Horses have been my life," Olaf Wieghorst once wrote. "I try to paint the little natural things, the way a horse turns his tail to the wind on cold nights, the way he flattens his ears in the rain . . . and the psychology of his behavior." Born in Denmark in 1899, Wieghorst rode horses on a stock farm as a youth and, shortly after arriving in New York in 1918, enlisted in the fifth U.S. Cavalry. Following his military post, where he learned rodeo trick riding, he worked as a ranch hand in Arizona and in 1925 joined the mounted division of the New York City Police Academy. A move to California in 1945 prompted Wieghorst to pursue full-time the painting and sculpting he had begun in New York. Although equine portraits dominate his oeuvre, Wieghorst also painted western landscapes and realist portraits of Native Americans and cowboys.


Olaf Wieghorst Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
OLAF WIEGHORST (American 1899-1988) Driving the Herd Oil on canvas 20in.x 24in. Signed lower left
OLAF WIEGHORST (American 1899-1988)Driving the HerdOil on canvas20in.x 24in.Signed lower left...
Lot 30250
Auction 621
Friday, November 18, 2005
PROPERTY OF A PROMINENT TEXAS COLLECTOR  OLAF WIEGHORST (American, 1899-1988) Camping Oil on canvas 30 x 36 inches
PROPERTY OF A PROMINENT TEXAS COLLECTOROLAF WIEGHORST (American, 1899-1988)CampingOil on canvas30 x 36 inches ...
Lot 76339
Auction 5050
Saturday, November 20, 2010
OLAF WIEGHORST (American, 1899-1988) The Old Ranch Oil on canvas 24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm) Signed lower right:
OLAF WIEGHORST (American, 1899-1988)The Old RanchOil on canvas24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)Signed lower right:...
Lot 67164
Auction 5044
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Olaf Wieghorst (American, 1899-1988) The Trail Head Etching 7-1/4 x 9-3/4 inches (18.4 x 24.8 cm) (image) Signed low
Olaf Wieghorst (American, 1899-1988)The Trail HeadEtching7-1/4 x 9-3/4 inches (18.4 x 24.8 cm) (image)Signed low...
Lot 65480
Auction 5325
Monday, September 25, 2017
After Olaf Wieghorst (American, 1899-1988) Praying to the Buffalo Spirit Bronze with brown patina 3-1/4 inches (8.3 c
After Olaf Wieghorst (American, 1899-1988)Praying to the Buffalo SpiritBronze with brown patina3-1/4 inches (8.3 c...
Lot 65549
Auction 5325
Monday, September 25, 2017

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