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William Louis Sonntag

William Louis Sonntag


Nationality: American

William Louis Sonntag was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1822. At an early age, he showed an affinity for painting and did sketches and paintings of country scenes near Philadelphia and western Pennsylvania. However, the movement Westward enticed him. The romance and desire to go to a different community led him to travel, and he set forth. When he reached Cincinnati in the 1840s, he decided to settle, training at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts and painting landscapes in the nearby Ohio River Valley and the mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky. By the 1850s Sonntag had become a household name in this region, due in part to his commission from the B&O Railroad and to his regular appearances in the Western Art Union exhibitions.

While Sonntag was to travel to Europe and to study and paint in the manner of the Old Masters, it is his American works by which he is judged and which make him the distinguished master he is. The paintings Sonntag did in Italy are idyllic; his American paintings are more realistic and natural and flow freely from his facile brush. Although the colors he used are quite vibrant and the details intricate, they are subordinated to the harmony of the whole painting, giving a complete and well-balanced composition. In the early 1850s, Sonntag settled in New York City and became affiliated with the Hudson River School, favoring various eastern sites as his subjects: the Adirondacks, the Alleghenies, the Catskills, the Shenandoah Valley, and the White Mountains. The National Academy of Design awarded him associate membership in 1861.


William Louis Sonntag Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900) Hudson River Landscape with River Traffic Oil on original unlined canvas 2
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900)Hudson River Landscape with River TrafficOil on original unlined canvas2...
Lot 23308
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American, 1822-1900) View of the Adirondacks, 1864 Oil on canvas on masonite 24 x 40 inches (6
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American, 1822-1900)View of the Adirondacks, 1864Oil on canvas on masonite24 x 40 inches (6...
Lot 73059
Auction 5118
Thursday, November 15, 2012
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900) View of the White Mountains, 1866 Oil on canvas laid on cradled masonite pa...
WILLIAM LOUIS SONNTAG (American 1822-1900)View of the White Mountains, 1866Oil on canvas laid on cradled masonite pa...
Lot 23303
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900) Evening on the Shenandoah, 1863 Oil on canvas 8-5/8 x 16-5/8 inches (21.9
William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900)Evening on the Shenandoah, 1863Oil on canvas8-5/8 x 16-5/8 inches (21.9...
Lot 69099
Auction 5330
Friday, November 3, 2017
William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900) Italian Landscape with Ruins, 1854 Oil on canvas 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 7
William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900)Italian Landscape with Ruins, 1854Oil on canvas22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 7...
Lot 68115
Auction 5275
Saturday, November 12, 2016

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William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900) Ohio Wilderness, 1846 Oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm) Sig...
William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900) Ohio Wilderness, 1846 Oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm) Sig... (1)

Auction 5351
Friday, May 4, 2018

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